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Case Study: Why Measuring Lameness is Helpful Even in the “Obvious” Cases

Case Study: Why Measuring Lameness is Helpful Even in the “Obvious” Cases

By Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder, DVM | Updated on | LT Schroeder, OES Members Only

I know a few veterinarians who reserve their use of The Q for only the difficult cases, thinking “I don’t need the system when the horse is 3/5”.   There are several reasons I encourage those who use it this way to reconsider this mindset. First, by using the system on every case, you will become a much more efficient and proficient user. Like any skill, being able to rapidly interpret and then assimilate the information received from the Q to the clinical picture requires practice.  Understanding and applying the information on the “easy” cases will make the complicated ones easier...

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Case Study: Dealing with Diagnostic Blocking Conundrums

Case Study: Dealing with Diagnostic Blocking Conundrums

By Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder Laurie Tyrrell-Schroeder, DVM | Updated on | Blocking, L Meehan, LT Schroeder

Case contributed by Lucy Meehan, BVSc, MSc, CertAVP(VDI), DipECVDI, MRCVS of Langford Vets University of Bristol This case illustrates two conundrums faced when working up a lameness – partial improvements from diagnostic analgesia (and the decision of when to stop) and when the lameness gets worse before it gets better.  Signalment 5-year-old WB gelding used for eventing.  History Recent LF lameness. Physical Exam and subjective lameness evaluation findings Mild wastage of the left suprascapular muscle.  Upright, boxy front feet (left>right).  2/10 left forelimb lameness on straight line.   3/10 LF lameness lunging to the right.  Baseline Objective Evaluation...

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Case Study: Why Measuring Lameness is Helpful Even in the “Obvious” Cases

Case Study: Dealing with Diagnostic Blocking Conundrums