Category Archives: Greyhounds

Orthopaedics April 2014

At Keysborough Veterinary Practice, Dr Chris Boemo has extensive experience with orthopaedic procedures. He is frequently called upon to fix a fracture or stabilise a cruciate ligament. Here are just a few of our more recent xrays from a few challenging cases.

Dr Chris Boemo treats a significant number of racing greyhounds for otherwise career ending hock fractures, and with this experience with hock injuries sometimes means he is called upon to treat much smaller patients.
The large hock in his image belongs to a 30kg racing greyhound, with 2.6mm and 4.0mm diameter screws in place. The small hock belongs to a 2.5kg chihuahua, with a 1.6mm pin in place. There is a vast difference in the size and strength of the bones in these two patients, yet both have been repaired by Dr Boemo.

This dramatic fracture in a large dog has been reduced stabilised with three pins and a splint. A fracture such as this would not have healed without surgery, as the ends of he fracture are too far apart. The dog is walking well at this time.

cruciate

In large breed dogs,knee instability secondary to a torn anterior cruciate ligament can be addressed by altering the angle the top of the tibia forms with the shaft of the tibia. Lowering this angle means that the knee is stable as the dog weight bears on the leg…think about it as the difference between a cart on a slope and a cart on level ground…. the cart on the slope wants to roll down the hill, the cart on level ground is motionless!.

Greyhound and Sport Medicine

At Keysborough Vet Practice we have a proven track record for treating greyhounds and other dogs with sporting injuries. We often provide second opinions on lame dogs, and Dr Boemo has contributed to text books on the subject.

With 30 years experience treating racing injuries we are more than happy to provide an opinion, primary or secondary, on any sporting injury or lameness, whether it be in a racing greyhound or beloved pet.

Dr Boemo has accepted referrals from local practices, country Victoria and interstate. Please call us for more information.