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Acute Lameness in a Pointer with Dr. Broaddus

Kristyn D. Broaddus, DVM, MS, DACVS, Veterinary Services of Hanover, Mechanicsville, Virginia



In this episode, host Alyssa Watson, DVM, is joined by Kristyn D. Broaddus, DVM, MS, DACVS, to talk about her recent Clinician’s Brief article, “Acute Lameness in a Pointer.” The case involves a dramatic—but less common—orthopedic injury: Achilles tendon rupture. Dr. Broaddus works us through every aspect of this injury, including surgery and the role of custom braces.

Key Takeaways

  • Achilles tendon rupture causes a characteristic plantigrade stance.
  • There are two major categories of Achilles injuries: traumatic and atraumatic.
  • Physical examination and lateral radiographs are the most useful for diagnosis.
  • Surgical repair is highly recommended with a 12-16 week recovery period.
  • Custom braces and orthotics can be used for partial tears as well as post-op recoveries.
  • Just have this injury on your radar.

About the Guest

Kristyn D. Broaddus, DVM, MS, DACVS, is a small animal surgeon and owner of Veterinary Specialists of Hanover in Mechanicsville, Virginia. Dr. Broaddus earned her DVM from Michigan State University. She completed a small animal rotating internship and small animal surgery residency and earned her MS at Auburn University. Her interests are in soft tissue surgery, orthopedics, and teaching and speaking at veterinary continuing education events.

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