Online Case Study: Canine medicine

Authors


  • Biography Nicola qualified in 1997 from the University of Liverpool. After three years in general practice, Nicola joined the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania to pursue a residency program in anatomic pathology. She is boarded by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and currently works at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    Biography Bryan graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. He subsequently spent 4 years in mixed and small animal practice. Since 2006 Bryan has been the Director of Veterinary Medical Services at a humane society in western Pennsylvania. He additionally performs relief work for local veterinarians and volunteers his services for the Homeless Cat Management Team, a low-cost spay/neuter programme in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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This case study investigates an 8-year-old dog with a history of a swelling on the right elbow.

An 8-year-old, female spayed, crossbreed dog was presented with multiple hard, subcutaneous masses that had reportedly developed over the course of at least one month. One was present on the right lateral elbow as shown in Fig 1. Two more, similar masses were present on the right distal hind limb – one in the hock region, just caudal to the calcaneus, and one caudal to the metatarsophalangeal joint.

Figure 1.

 

On physical examination, the dog was bright, in good body condition, and showed no evidence of lameness. Body temperature was 38°C, and apart from the elbow mass, no other physical abnormalities were detected. Haematological and serum biochemical profiles were normal.

What initial action is advised?

QUESTION

1. What initial action is advised:

  • a. Broad spectrum antibiotic therapy
  • b. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory therapy
  • c. Cage rest
  • c. Radiography

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