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The area (cartilage) around the tarsal bones in s nd leg is

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the area (cartilage) around the tarsal bones in his hind leg is flimsy. he won't put weight on it and when he hold is leg up it just dangles.
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: there was a wound but it has since healed
JA: What is the dog's name and age?
Customer: Bandit and 2 years
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Bandit?
Customer: no, other than he has the collie breed in his bloodline and cannot have certain types of wormers
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Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 4 months ago.

Bandit will need a hands-on examination of his tarsal area in order to clarify the type of injury likely to have occurred at the same time he was wounded. The tarsus is subject to ligament damage, luxation/subluxation (dislocations) of individual tarsal bones, and fractures. Collies are predisposed to superficial digital flexor tendon luxation which is treated by suturing torn retinacular tissues. In general, surgical intervention should be expected when a dog presents as Bandit. Referral to a specialist veterinary surgeon (please see here: is likely.

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