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Fairfield Veterinary surgeons Terry Dunne and Geraldine Young write "Interesting Pet Stories" articles for the Hinckley Herald, published by the Hinckley Times.

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Tia" - Toy Poodle with Ischaemic Necrosis of the Femoral Head

Many clients are astonished when they realise that their pet has exactly the same disease that occurs in humans. Given that as mammals we are all produced from a very similar "blue print" then it is not that suprising that we share very similar design faults.

"Tia" was referred to me by my colleague for a persistent painful hindlimb lameness. Given her breed, (Toy poodle) young age of 7months and the marked discomfort she exhibited on manipulation of her hip it did not take me long to conclude that Tia was suffering from "ischaemic necrosis of the femoral head" or Legg-Calve-Perthes disease as it is known in humans.

In the early 20th century, Mr Legg, Mr Calve and Mr Perthes were all involved in describing this debilitating disease in young (5-12 years), mostly male, white children. They all had their own theories as to why this disease process occurred and at the time blamed a variety of environmental factors from inadequate nutrition to smoking.

It should be clear however that when exactly the same disease occurs in a different species that could not have been influenced by similar environmental factors that the disease is genetic. In other words we as humans can on occasion have exactly the same "design fault" as our pets! Just as in humans, early diagnosis and appropriate treatment is imperative.

"Tia" has had surgery to remove the affected diseased bone and is currently undergoing a stringent hydrotherapy programme in a canine swimming pool to maintain excellent function. The importance of good physiotherapy in the management of orthopaedic disease is now recognised in both human and veterinary medicine as being vital to an excellent outcome. "Tia's" owners are no doubt tempted to put on their own armbands and swim to maintain their own joint function!

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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