Authors: Caine A, Agthe P, Posch B, Herrtage M.
Journal: Vet Rad US

Currently, there are no available anatomic descriptions of the soft tissue structures that are visible with ultrasound in the canine tarsus. Eight cadaver hindlimbs and 10 clinically normal dogs (15-37 kg) were examined with ultrasound to establish which structures could be visualized in normal dogs. The structures always identified included the long digital extensor tendon, the tibialis cranialis tendon, the joint space, and the three bellies of the extensor digitum brevis muscle on the cranial/dorsal aspect of the tarsus.

Category: Hock - Imaging
Authors: Inauen R, Koch D, Bass M.
Journal: VCOT

This report describes the successful use of the novel fixed-angle locking plating system ALPS (advanced locking plate system) in the case of dorsal tarsometatarsal instability in a cat. Partial arthrodesis of the tarsometatarsal joint was performed with a two hole ALPS 5 and two 2.4 mm selftapping locking screws through a small dorsal approach. Five days after the surgery the cat was walking without lameness. Radiographs made after six weeks showed uneventful healing.

Authors: Jopp I, Reese S.
Journal: VCOT

Spontanous rupture at the distal part of the gastrocnemius tendon (GT) is the second most common non-traumatic tendon injury in dogs, whereas the other strands of the common calcaneal tendon do not seem to have a predisposition to rupture. In order to discover why we investigated the common calcaneal tendons of 63 dogs microscopically and biomechanically. Both the gastrocnemius and superficial digital flexor tendon (SFT) had multiple low vascularized fibrocartilaginous areas within their distal course as opposed to regular parallel fibered areas in the proximal tendon areas.

Authors: Lister SA, Renberg WC, Roush JK.
Journal: AJVR

Objective-To measure strain in the common calcaneal tendon during trotting in dogs and to compare strain before and after immobilization of the tarsal joint. Animals-6 dogs. Procedures-A microminiature strain gauge was surgically implanted on the tendinous portion of the gastrocnemius muscle. Surface electromyography (EMG) values, percentage strain, and ground reaction forces were measured before and after immobilization. Peak vertical force; vertical impulse; initial, maximum, and final strain; and peak-to-peak EMG amplitude were recorded.

Authors: Guillou RP, Frank JD, Sinnott MT, Meyer EG, Haut RC, Déjardin LM.
Journal: AJVR

Objective-To compare the bending properties of pantarsal arthrodesis constructs involving either a commercially available medial arthrodesis plate (MAP1) or a specially designed second-generation plate (MAP2) implanted in cadaveric canine limbs and evaluate the effect of calcaneotibial screw (CTS) augmentation on the structural properties of both constructs. Sample Population-5 pairs of canine hind limbs. Procedures-Within pairs, specimens were stabilized with an MAP1 or MAP2 and loaded to 80% of body weight, with and without CTS augmentation.

Authors: J. Miller1, B. Beale2
Journal: VCOT

The objective of this retrospective article was to describe the use of, and to determine long-term outcome of, tibiotarsal arthroscopy in dogs. The medical records of 20 client-owned dogs with tibiotarsal joint disease with arthroscopic treatment were reviewed. Long-term follow- up evaluation of lameness, force plate gait analysis, and radiographs to assess progression of degenerative joint disease (DJD) were performed.

Category: Arthritis - Arthroscopy - Hock
Authors: Moreau M, Lussier B, Doucet M, Vincent G, Martel-Pelletier J, Pelletier JP
Journal: Vet Rec

To evaluate the effect of licofelone, an arachidonic acid substrate with combined inhibitory activity against 5-lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenases 1 and 2, a double-blind, randomised and placebo-controlled study was conducted in 33 client-owned dogs that were lame owing to hindlimb osteoarthritis. Seventeen of the dogs received a placebo and 16 were treated with 2.5 mg/kg licofelone twice a day for 28 days.