OBJECTIVES: To report the radiographic and clinical outcome of an intervertebral bone cement plug technique for the management of disc-associated cervical spondylopathy in Dobermann Pinscher dogs.

METHODS: Retrospective study of 52 Dobermann Pinscher dogs.

Category: Spine

OBJECTIVE: To compare the stiffness, angular deformation, and mode of failure of lumbar vertebral column constructs stabilized with bilateral pins and polymethylmethacrylate (Pin-PMMA) or with a unilateral (left) locking compression plate (LCP) with monocortical screws.

STUDY DESIGN: Ex vivo biomechanical, non-randomized.

SAMPLES: Cadaveric canine thoracolumbar specimens (n=16).

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate outcomes after percutaneous application of transilial pinning in dogs with seventh lumbar vertebral body fracture with concurrent lumbosacral luxation.

METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of dogs with seventh lumbar vertebral body fracture stabilized with percutaneous transilial pinning that were treated at our hospital between January 2000 and March 2014. Radiographic measurements were used for comparing craniocaudal and ventrodorsal displacement pre- and postoperatively.

Sacral fracture repair was accomplished in a cat and five dogs using a composite technique consisting of pins and polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). In three of the cases, planned traditional iliosacral lag screw fixation was either abandoned or considered inadequate and in the other three, fracture configuration demanded an alternate repair method.

OBJECTIVES: To describe the incidence and forms of nonpathological sacrocaudal fusion in racing Greyhounds and compare them with those in a variety of other domestic dog breeds.

Category: Spine

Three German Shepherd Dogs that were presented for investigation of chronic unilateral hindlimb lameness and pain in the lumbosacral region were diagnosed with an intraspinal, extradural synovial cyst and reactive fibrosis protruding into the foramen of the lumbosacral articulation using magnetic resonance imaging and histology. This extradural mass compressed the nerve root in the foramen and the cauda equina.

Category: Spine

OBJECTIVES: Retrospective comparison of dorsolateral (DLA) and ventrolateral (VLA) surgical approaches for treatment of canine sacroiliac luxation using three different radiographic analyses.

METHODS: Surgical cases with immediate and ≥4 week postoperative radiographs were reviewed (Jan. 2000 to Jan. 2015). Exactness of reduction, screw position, and sacral body screw purchase were assessed with three separate methods: single plane assessment and orthogonal assessment with or without rotational limits.

Category: Spine

OBJECTIVE: To assess intramedullary spinal pressure (IMP) in small breed dogs with thoracolumbar disk extrusion.

STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study.

ANIMALS: Small breed dogs (n = 14) with thoracolumbar disk extrusion undergoing hemilaminectomy and healthy chondrodystrophic laboratory dogs (control; n = 3) without spinal disease.

Category: Spine

OBJECTIVE: To compare the biomechanical properties of a ventral transarticular lag screw fixation technique, a new dorsal atlantoaxial instability (AAI) clamp, and a new ventral AAI hook plate under sagittal shear loading after transection of the ligaments of the atlantoaxial joint.

STUDY DESIGN: Cadaveric biomechanical study.

ANIMALS: Canine cadavers (n = 10).

Category: Spine

The biomechanical properties of the atlanto-axial joint in a young Yorkshire Terrier dog with spontaneous atlantoaxial instability were compared to those of another young toy breed dog with a healthy atlantoaxial joint. The range-of-motion was increased in flexion and lateral bending in the unstable joint. In addition, lateral bending led to torsion and dorsal dislocation of the axis within the atlas.

On gross examination, the dens ligaments were absent and a longitudinal tear of the tectorial membrane was observed.

Category: Spine