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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-31-2017, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Need some advice on these X-Rays. Hips and Elbows

Just had our 12 month old male X-Rayed. I was planning on training him to compete but I'm a little concerned that I should hold off moving further until I get a prelim eval from OFA. This is my first pup so I'm not very familiar with what I'm looking at so I hope someone with some experience can provide some insight. Radiologist said the hips look ok especially the right but the left is showing reduced coverage of the left femoral head but that could be a positioning problem. I'm mainly concerned with the elbows. He had a bout of pano mainly limping on the right elbow. Radiologist said osteophytes are present on both anneal processes. The cranial margin of the right medial coronoid process is blunted. The left is within normal limits. A focal bony opacity is seen in the medullary cavity of the right proximal radial diaphysis. His conclusion was mild bilateral degenerative disease. The blunted right medial coronoid process suggest fragmentation. Left medial coronoid fragmentation is not ruled out. CT examination of the elbows may however be needed for definitive diagnosis. The focal medullary sclerosis of the right radius is most consistent with panosteitis. The dame and sire both had good hips and elbows and he is from a very respected and well known breeder.

So I'm wonder if he could have a chance to pass OFA elbow certification at 24 months? Also should I back off/postpone training until I have some definitive answers? Should I pony up the money for the CT Scans?

Any advice or comments are most appreciated.
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With the current hip X-ray, the left will most likely not pass. The socket on that side is very shallow, but I agree that different positioning could change that. The elbows will definitely not pass IMO, and I do not think they will get or appear to be better with age or different imaging either. Sorry ☹️

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I don't see a problem with the hips. I do see the issue with the elbow but I have seen dogs with elbow x-rays like that who never had a problem, even well into old age.
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Can you educate me a bit more on what issues you are seeing in the elbows? Do you think they'd be Grade 1,2, or 3? He is exhibiting no lameness or issues.
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I have a 6 year old who scored DJD-1 at 2 and has never had a day of lameness. Even took him to a vet PT for overall evaluation (she works with my search team) and she has zero concerns.

I would have some concern with the hip and really do recommend you consult with a veterinary physical therapist for a good and age appropriate exercise plan suited to your dog and hopefully that hip won't ever cause any problem. A lot can be said for keeping him lean and the joints tight. A lot of sports people go see our rehab vet just for conditioning guidance.
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