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05 Jan 2005

radius problem
my 3 month old german shepherd cross has been conditionally diagnosed with a deformity of the radius. X-rays show that the radius in her one front leg is a little longer than the ulna. the vet says this causes her foot to turn out and her to favour it a bit- she doesn't carry it but walks with less weight on it.he says wait and see if better nutrition for a month fixes it (she was previously a stray) .Meanwhile the other foot also seems turned out now, but not as much and it doesn't seem uncomfortable at all. she is having vet's choice large breed puppy pellets, amount for adult weight 40kg.Your opinion?
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01 Jan 0001

There are several possible reasons for this condition to develop, and x-rays of the affected limb are necessary to make a specific diagnosis. Some conditions will be resolve by themselves, while other conditions may need surgical correction. If the condition continues to deteriorate, go back to your veterinarian and ask him to look again and repeat the x-rays. If necessary, ask him to refer you to a specialist surgeon for a second opinion, as some of these conditions can lead to permanent deformity.

Dr Malan van Zyl
Veterinary Specialist Physician
Cape Town
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