Equine Lameness – Thermography of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

Posted: February 17th, 2015 |
Equine DJD

Equine DJD

Equine Lameness – Thermography of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

In this case, we have a 12 year old Appaloosa mare that was severely lame on her front right. At the slightest motion, the horse showed signs of severe discomfort and restlessness, moreover it was distinctly bobbing its head and leaning on the left when standing.

Both the vet and the farrier suspected a toe problem in the right hoof. Additionally, the owner suspected that there might be additional issues in the right knee area.

Therefore, our veterinary thermography services were used to shed light on this root of this problem.

Thermal imaging of the horse’s front legs revealed a dorsal right metacarpophalangeal hyperthermia suggestive of DJD as well as an inflammation at the head of the splint bone (proximal medial metacarpus).
The mild palmer hyperthermia in the front left was the likely secondary result to increased weight bearing on this side.

Ultimately, the vet’s follow up assessment and flexion test correlated with our findings and a successful treatment protocol was prescribed.

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