Diagnosing Canine Forelimb Lameness (1572)
Companion Animal Medicine |  Sports Medicine
Friday |  1:00 PM -  1:50 PM
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center||304C



University of Pennsylvania

After completing veterinary school at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr. Blake completed a rotating internship in small animal medicine and surgery at Angell Animal Medical Center. She then went on to complete a small animal surgery residency in a joint program with Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and the Angell Animal Medical Center. She became certified in canine rehabilitation in 2014 through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. Prior to veterinary school, she worked for Genetics Institute/Wyeth Research on the development of rhBMP-2 for the acceleration of fracture healing and osteoporosis therapies. Her areas of clinical interest include bone biology, fracture repairs, angular limb deformities, minimally invasive surgery, osteoarthritis, rehabilitative therapy, in addition to peri-operative and chronic pain management.

Presentation Info

CE Credit(s): 1.00
CE Level: 2


Forelimb lameness in canine patients can be challenging to diagnose. It can range from a very subtle weight-bearing lameness to a more severe non-weight bearing lameness. A thorough orthopedic and neurologic exam to localize the source of the lameness is key to working towards the final diagnosis. The lameness may be due to bony abnormalities, soft tissue injuries or a combination of both. Imaging modalities are invaluable tools that must be utilized to arrive at the correct diagnosis. Combinations of radiographs, musculoskeletal ultrasound, arthrograms, CT and MRI are many times required to identify the specific lesion(s). Early diagnosis, especially in the canine athlete, is crucial to prevent further injury and to initiate treatment, which may improve the overall outcome.

Learning Objectives

1. Localizing forelimb lameness in the dog

2. Utilization of imaging modalities in the diagnosis of forelimb lameness in the dog

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