- Defining characteristics:
Increased soft tissue opacity in the stifle joint, displacement of infrapatellar fat pad
- Common differential diagnoses:
Cranial cruciate ligament rupture, ligamentous instability, artifactual due to positioning and radiographic technique
- Helpful additional data:
Has the patient been boisterous with play recently? Has been toe touching and limping?
- Commonly associated diagnostics:
Manual manipulation of the joint. Consider sedated radiographs. Consider *SignalCare MDB in advance of medical or surgical therapy.
- Commonly associated treatments:
Discuss analgesia, discuss cage confinement, discuss surgical options, discuss weight management and lifestyle changes, joint supplements
- Commonly associated home care:
Based on treatment, cage rest vs surgery
*SignalCare MDB = CBC/Chemistry/Urinalysis/Thoracic ultrasound/Abdominal ultrasound