Thursday, January 29, 2009

Neat site - Hip dysplasia and CCLR

Saw this site about canine lameness mentioned on a local agility list. The site has videos of dogs walking, trotting, and climbing stairs with a normal gait, with hip dysplasia, and with a cranial cruciate ligament rupture. There are normal videos as well as some hi-tech videos using sensors and computers. It loads kind of slow on my computer so I haven't watched it all, but it is neat.

Fortunately, so far Lucy and Walter haven't experienced these conditions, although my childhood dog Snoopy developed, around age 7 or 8, some kind of condition where both knees had to be operated on within a few years of each other. All I can remember is it was something about the ligaments giving out on her and being replaced with artificial ligaments. I assume this must have been CCLR?

For more info on CCLR from a fellow blogger, check out Roxanne's post about her dog's experience with CCLR, treated with TPLO surgery.