What is your diagnosis?

What is your diagnosis?


Abigail is an approximately 50 pound, female, spayed, adult, mixed breed dog who presented to Animal Kind for acute signs of pain. She had begun crying out and trembling that morning. Her person reported no history of injury. She was being given a low dose of the corticosteroid, prednisone every other day to control the symptoms of her chronic allergic skin disease.

On physical exam, Abigail seemed painful when moving from a sitting or prone position to standing and resented handling of her right hind leg. However, she was extremely tense and nervous during the examination and the veterinarian was unable to confidently localize the source of her discomfort.

Despite our good intentions, situations like this one with Abigail arise frequently. Veterinarians understand that animals in distress are often very nervous especially in unfamiliar surroundings with unfamiliar people. We do our best under these circumstances to use patience, experience, and the sometimes tests to further investigate. What would you do in this situation?

Diagnostic Tests

Based on her signs and examination findings, the veterinarian recommended radiographs (x-rays) of Abigail’s back and hips. The images are included below.  (Click on each x-ray to see the full image.)


Dental Care for Pets

Dental care and dental health are as important for veterinary patients as for their human families. Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital provides comprehensive dental treatment tailored to the needs of each patient. Our licensed veterinary technicians and veterinarians are experienced in the diagnosis and management of oral diseases of cats and dogs.

pet dental disease

A dog with early periodontal disease characterized by tan tartar deposition on the teeth and slight redness of the gum line. This is an indication for dental cleaning.

The American Veterinary Dental College reports that the majority of cats and dogs will begin to develop periodontal disease by the age of three. Periodontal disease is a destructive inflammatory condition affecting both teeth and the surrounding gums.  Because diet and husbandry do not seem to significantly influence this occurrence, early recognition and appropriate treatment are our best tools to prevent progression of this disease and serious problems such as oral pain, tooth loss, and difficulty eating.  Studies in dogs have shown that periodontal disease is associated with microscopic changes in the heart, liver, and kidneys.