Equine Lameness – Thermography of Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)

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.

Equine Thermography – Hoof Balance Issues, Lameness

Thermography of Lameness Caused by Hoof Balance Issues

Hoof Inflammation(2)

Hoof Inflammation(2)

In this case we have a beautiful 29 old Arabian mare suffering of a mystery lameness.

After retiring from the life of an accomplished performance athlete, she now enjoys an active but quieter life full of long trail riding adventures in the company of her loving first owner. Through her life, this mare suffered a number of injuries including torn suspensory ligaments, a broken fibula and hoof infections to name a few. Unfortunately, some of these seem to have residual effects up to this point. Her current symptoms include significant sensitivity on hard surfaces as well as severe lameness . The owner was initially suspecting the issue to be in the left front and left hind legs.

Ultimately, our full body thermography revealed several locations and issues leading to this horse’s acute pain and lameness. Thermal imaging has many advantages including being non-invasive, sedation free and mobile. Thermography has also a multifocal ability – in one full body imaging session it can pinpoint all the areas with dysfunctions and/or pathologies ( characterized by heat asymmetries in the animal’s body).

Loss of Frog Hypothermia

Loss of Frog Hypothermia

In our case, thermography detected a bilateral loss of frog hypothermia in the forefeet, which may indicate a deep foot pathology (low ringbone / pedal osteitis?). Given the clinical signs of discomfort, further clinical correlation of this area was advised. The scans revealed an increased heel temperature differential in the front right, which suggests that the right front foot is worse affected.

Bilateral hoof imbalance behind was revealed as well and underlined by thermal findings on planter  views. Left side was more affected (see first picture).

Furthermore, inflammation in the right front suspensory ligament indicated a pathology persistent despite 18 months since injury to this region. A diffused hyperthermia of the right fetlock may be secondary to proximal inflammation of the suspensory ligament.

Additionally, a significant gluteal asymmetry was revealed. It may be secondary to chronic imbalance in the front feet, however clinical correlation to rule out pelvic dysfunction was advised (…although thermal scans did not indicate inflammation of the SI joints or any secondary neuropathy due to pelvic pathology).

Lastly, no thermal evidence of rear suspensory pathology was observed. Diffused hyperthermia of the right thigh may be secondary to old fibular fracture.

In our case study, thermography of hoof balance revealed critical information on the causes of  this mare’s lameness in addition to other  notable dysfunctions such as gluteal inflammation and hyperthermia  in the hock.                                                                                  

Both the thermal scans and the thermography interpretation report were carefully reviewed by the owner and the primary vet who in turn was able to formulate a new diagnostic impression and a successful treatment protocol.

Canine Thermography – pelvic & knee injury / lameness

Canine Thermography - Plevic Injury & Knee Injury / Lameness

Pelvic hyperthermia

Agility dog’s thermography reveals spinal, hock and knee injury

 At a recent Breeders Day event, our medical grade thermography services were commissioned to investigate in detail the causes of severe lameness experienced by this beautiful Belgian Tervuren named Mika.
Mika is an agility dog who sustained a nasty injury to his left hind knee a few months ago.
Unfortunately, his recovery was very slow and his condition started to deteriorate towards the time we met him.
 
Our full body thermal imaging revealed Mika’s previously undetected severe inflammation in pelvic region, which could potentially give rise to secondary neuropathy.
Moreover a hypothermic asymmetry was detected on the left front leg as a possible result of the weight transfer from the injured limb.
Also, a hypothermic asymmetry of the lateral left thigh and hock correlated with the previously diagnosed left hind lameness.
 
Ultimately, in light of his injuries Mika had to undergo a successful knee surgery.
We were very pleased to learn that both the owners and the vet were impressed with the medical precision of our thermographic assessment and found it very helpful in formulating a new treatment protocol for Mika.
In turn, we were invited to perform a follow up screening of Mika’s post surgery recovery in a few months.

Canine Thermography – Epilepsy

Canine Thermography - Epilepsy, Lameness, Kidney Disease

….Weimaraner suffering from epilepsy and numerous other seemingly unrelated ailments…

 Thermography of an epileptic Weimaraner.

Just recently we had the opportunity to image this extremely interesting case of a sweet Weimaraner suffering from epilepsy and numerous other seemingly unrelated ailments.
His name is Wendell, he is four years old and due to his condition, he has been re-homed a few times. Wendell is a very gentle and loving dog, who loves to take walks and chase squirrels.
 
To ease Wendell’s suffering, his kind owner wanted to know which of his medical issues can and should be fixed first.
Since the epileptic seizures have been somewhat managed with medication, as a start we set a thermographic benchmark while Wendell was between seizures.
 
We will have to wait until his next incident and screen him right after it. That way we can get clinically significant data based on the comparative images taken before and after seizures to start drawing conclusions.
 
However, our thermal imaging also yielded some additional interesting findings.
 
The most acute problem was  indicated by a hyperthermic area on the left flank pointing to a kidney inflammation (see image).
The vet was able to easily treat this with antibiotics. 
 
Moreover, there was the issue of intermittent lameness and weak legs. 
A diffuse hyperthermia over Wendell’s right shoulder pointed to the presence of degenerative arthritis (OA). Radiography was suggested to asses the extent of OA in this joint, before further action is taken.
 
Lastly, our thermal scans revealed several areas of fixation along this canine’ spine (especially around the lumbar section). A chiropractic adjustment or other integrated therapy was suggested to resolve this matter.
 
We are happy to report that it is now only a question of time how soon will Wendell go back to his walks and his favorite game – chasing squirrels. Go fetch!!!