Radiographic Recognition of Tarsal Malformation in 8- to 9-Week-Old Bernese Mountain Dogs

Introduction Tarsal malformation is a skeletal malformation of unknown aetiology associated with a variety of morphologic changes to the tarsal and metatarsal bones of the dog.

Objectives The aim of this study was to determine if early diagnosis and prevalence of tarsal malformation could be obtained at approximately 8 to 9 weeks of age in multiple litters of Bernese Mountain dogs.

Massimo Petazzoni1 Francesca Briotti2 Carlo M. Mortellaro2 Randy J. Boudrieau3

1Clinica Veterinaria Milano Sud, Peschiera Borromeo, Milan, Italy 2Medicina Veterinaria, Università degli Studi di Milano, Milan, Italy 3Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, Massachusetts, United States