Dr. Joyce Ashamalla
Partner, Veterinarian – Hinsdale Animal Hospital
The Border Collie Who Loves To Play Frisbee
This is Kylie, a 6 year old Border Collie who loves to play frisbee. Upon landing after a big jump, she yelped really loud and came up holding her left rear leg up in the air. She came to Hinsdale Animal Hospital for evaluation. X-rays
revealed there was no fracture and no compromise of her knee ligaments, but rather her tarsus (ankle) joint was showing tremendous laxity in a lateral fashion indicating ligament/tendon damage. The options were to try and simply splint and see if time and rest would heal the tarsus enough to provide stability or to arthrodese (fuse) the joint. After some conservative management, her owner opted for the arthrodesis especially because of Kylie’s active lifestyle. An arthrodesis and bone graft was performed. She wore a splint for an additional 6 weeks post-operatively, and the 6 week post-op X-rays showed she did a great job healing and the joint fused perfectly! Kylie is currently doing great and back to her old games.