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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.


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!.


Femur Fracture

Femur Fracture

We may recommend radiographs (Xrays) for your pet for a number of reasons, including but not limited to:

  • Suspected bone injury or neoplasia
  • Abdominal screening for foreign objects, fluid or neoplasia.
  • Heart measurements and lung assessment in cardiac disease

We can take and process radiographs on site for a speedy diagnosis. If your pet’s condition required referral we are happy to send their radiographs with them to their referral appointment.

Dr Boemo is certified to take and interpret PennHip radiographs.

We are also able to give second opinions on radiographs taken elsewhere. Please contact us if you would like more information.

Chest Xray, showing an enlarged heart

Chest Xray, showing an enlarged heart