Carpal and Tarsal Injuries

Clean Run Magazine

Friday April 25, 2014

Injuries to the carpal and tarsal joints are common in performance dogs. These joints act as shock absorbers during weight bearing and are prone to injury due to their anatomic complexity and lack of muscular support. It is the complexity that creates a diagnostic problem for many veterinarians and many carpal and tarsal injuries, paticularly those that go undiagnosed or untreated, can result in an increased risk of osteoarthritis and potential long-term lameness.


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