Torrington Orthopaedics

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Information about Orthopaedic Diseases

Orthopaedic disease can affect our dogs and cats to varying degrees. For some, there may be mimimal impact on the overall quality of life, whilst for others we can see devastating effects. Pain and disability may mean that exercise becomes difficult or impossible. This can adversely affect the whole family. On this page I have listed some of the common Orthopaedic Diseases that we deal with here at Torrington Orthopaedics, along with some additional information. 

Forelimb Conditions

Elbow Dysplasia is by far the most common condition that we see in our patient’s forelimbs. Find out more about this problem and other problems involving the forelimb by clicking the image above or this link     

Hindlimb Conditions

In this section you can find out more about Hip Dysplasia, Cruciate Disease and Patellar Luxation. These again are common problems and require appropriate diagnosis and management for optimal clinical outcomes. Click the image above or this link to find out more 


These conditions arise “out of the blue” and therefore can be shocking to owners who see their previously fit pet injured often whilst at play. At Torrington Orthopaedics we see a large number of seriously injured patients. Optimal management is a real team effort. Find out more information here 

Common Juvenile Forelimb Problems

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Table Data is based on patients presenting to Torrington Orthopaedics 2010-2014
Condition Age at Onset Breeds at Risk
Shoulder Osteochondrosis Dissecans (OCD) 5-7 months Border Collie, St Bernard, Bernese Mountain Dogs
Elbow Dysplasia 5-7 months Labrador, Retriever, Rottweiler, Bernese Mountain Dog,
Ununited Anconeal Process 5-6 months (may in certain cases not cause clinical problems until much later). German Shepherd, St Bernard
Incomplete Ossification of the Humeral Condyles Onset is 4-5 months although may not become apparent until much later in life. English Springer Spaniel, Welsh Springer Spaniel, Labrador
Incomplete Ossification of the Radial Carpal Bone Onset 4-6 months although may not result in lameness until 2+ years. Boxers
Sesamoid Disease 6 months although later for clinical signs in most patients Rottweilers
Panosteitis 4-5 months German Shepherd and any Large-Medium breed.

Common Juvenile Hindlimb Problems

Table Data based on patients presenting to Torrington Orthopaedics 2010-2014
3-6 months
Condition Age at Onset Breeds at Risk
Hip Dysplasia 4-7 months Labrador, Retriever, GSD, Rottweiler, Springer Spaniel, Border Collie, Newfoundland, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Cavalier King Charles
Legg-Perthes 4-7 months West Highland Terrier, Yorkshire Terrier
Slipped Femoral Capitus 3-6 months Cats may present up to 14 months Cats, West Highland Terriers, Flat Coat Retrievers
Patellar Luxation 3-14 months Yorkshire Terriers, Bull Terriers, Spaniels, Akita, Labrador
Femoral Condylar OCD 4-7 months Labrador, GSD, Old English Sheepdog
Long Digital Extensor Luxation 6 months although later for clinical signs in many patients Border Collies
Cranial Cruciate Ligament Degeneration 6 months Labrador, Bernese Mountain Dog
Slipped Proximal Tibial Physis
West Highland Terriers
Talar Ridge OCD 4-7 months Labrador, Rottweiler, Retriever
Pes varus 4-6 months Dachshund
Sesamoid Disease 6 months with later presentation often Rottweilers
Panosteitis 5-9 months (occasionally older) GSD and any large-medium breed

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