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Osteopathies in Dogs and Cats

By

Joseph Harari

, MS, DVM, DACVS, Veterinary Surgical Specialists, Spokane, WA

Last full review/revision Nov 2020 | Content last modified Nov 2020

Osteopathies can be developmental Developmental Osteopathies in Dogs and Cats Abnormal development of the radius and ulna can occur secondary to distal (radial, ulnar) or proximal (radial) physeal injury or hereditary breed characteristics (Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers... read more , infectious (osteomyelitis Osteomyelitis in Dogs and Cats Osteomyelitis of the distal phalanx in a dog, characterized by severe loss of bone and soft tissue swelling. Inflammation and infection of the medullary cavity, cortex, and periosteum of bone... read more Osteomyelitis in Dogs and Cats ), idiopathic (eg, hypertrophic osteopathy Hypertrophic Osteopathy in Dogs Hypertrophic osteopathy is a diffuse periosteal proliferative condition of long bones in dogs secondary to neoplastic or infectious masses in the thoracic or abdominal cavity. The exact pathogenic... read more ), nutritional Nutritional Osteopathies in Dogs and Cats Also see Dystrophies Associated with Calcium, Phosphorus, and Vitamin D. Reduced bone mass, bone deformities, exostoses, pathologic fractures, and loose teeth (rubber jaw) are skeletal manifestations... read more , neoplastic Bone Tumors in Dogs and Cats Osteosarcoma of the distal radius in a dog characterized by severe loss of bone, periosteal new bone formation, and soft tissue swelling. Skeletal tumors can be benign or malignant and primary... read more Bone Tumors in Dogs and Cats , or traumatic Bone Trauma in Dogs and Cats Oblique comminuted fractures of the proximal femoral shaft in a dog. Bone fractures are frequently caused by vehicular accidents, firearms, fights, or falls. Fractures can be open or closed... read more Bone Trauma in Dogs and Cats .

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