Imagine walking on your arms like a pet does. If you have elbow dysplasia the simple act of walking can be painful. We can help create a plan to help get your pet walking comfortably again and prevent elbow dysplasia from progressing into arthritis!
Elbow dysplasia is a congenital condition that starts in puppies and progresses into elbow arthritis as the dog ages. The elbow is a very complicated joint that is comprised of 3 bones that must grow together at the correct rate. If one bone grows quicker or shorter than the other bones, then it can lead to an malalignment called elbow dysplasia. This can lead to boney protuberances that hit the neighboring bones leading to cartilage defects, fragments, and osteophyte formations.
Components of elbow dysplasia includes fragmented medial coronoid process (FCP), ununited anconeal process (UAP), incongruity, and osteochondritis dissecans (OCD). Typically dogs will only have one of these three conditions. Elbow dysplasia can also include elbow incongruity, which is where the radius and ulna grow at different speeds and can lead to FCP or UAP. Poor nutrition (high energy and high calcium diets), genetics and trauma are factors leading to elbow dysplasia, and it commonly affects large and giant breed dogs. Elbow dysplasia is bilateral, but one elbow may be affected more severely.