You Make The Diagnosis: Lameness In A Dog

The X-ray below was taken of a large breed dog who looked like a cross between a Rottweiler and a Labrador Retriever.  The dog was a stray that had been hit by a car and then rescued by a good Samaritan.  When I first met ‘Lucky’, he held his R rear leg high off the ground.  His right hip was dramatically swollen.  When I tried to move the leg, he cried in pain.  Review the x-ray and then name this orthopedic condition.

Diagnosis:  Right Coxofemoral Luxation (Hip Luxation)

The coxofemeral joint or hip as it is more commonly called, is a ball and socket joint in dogs and cats.  The ‘ball’ is the head of the femur that fits into the ‘socket’ or acetabulum of the pelvis.  A thick, tough ligament keeps the head deeply seated inside the acetabulum.  The force of the car, tore the ligament and popped the hip out of joint.  ‘Lucky’ had surgery to repair his damage joint and is doing well. 


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Dr. Kristen Nelson grew up on a farm in Watertown, Minn., where she developed a deep love for animals of all kinds. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine. Kris then completed a small-animal internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in New York City. In addition to writing and speaking, she cares for small and exotic animals in Scottsdale, Az. Dr. Nelson is widely quoted in the media. Her credits include Ladies’ Home Journal, USA TODAY, the Los Angeles Times and numerous radio and television interviews. Dr. Nelson has written two books, Coated With Fur: A Vet’s Life and Coated With Fur: A Blind Cat’s Love. Kris and her husband Steve share their home with rescued cats, birds and a dog.