We had a little female cria, Kracklin' Rosie, that had 'Calf Kneed' front legs.
Born on September 25th, 2010
in that condition it would have been doubtful if she should have carried herself much less a cria later in life. See Pic 1 below. So repair was a life threating issue.
Initially we used stiff braces (half casts) on both legs to correct... after 10 days, no change.
We were told by a local vet (without viewing radiographs) that this condition is irreversible. ---> Well that's not correct!
So in comes DynaSplint® Systems, Inc.
After a short discussion with the DynaSplint® Rep (Alicia) and filling out paper work. Our DynaSplint arrived on Nov. 2, 2010.
Normally when the problem is just the tendons not being too loose splints, etc. work wonderful and they do it in a very short period of time (a month or so).
But unfortunately that wasn't the problem with Miss Rosie. We determined this after nearly 3 months of working with the DynaSplint, a radiograph of the front legs and consultation from the vets at CSUVTH.
She had a genetic angular limb deformity that grows one part of the radius faster than the another part of the radius. What this causes is a bowed radius. The growth plates and tendons also play an important part in the condition.
This condition has also been documented in young canines, equine and humans. Injury to the deformed bone can occur and is generally the first sign of the condition in humans.
As in humans, the canine
deforminity occurs in the lower limb. In our alpaca experience it was the upper limb.
It is best you read up on all related information. Google searches: Canine, equine, camelid. For human cases... see your MD!
Our experience with DynaSplint and their representatives were exceptional. I have only heard good and great things about this company. Their products work wonders on conditions that are repairable. I know of quite a few folks that have used DynaSplint® and all without exception have wonderful things to say about these folks. We recommend them highly in any application, vet or human.
The bottom line is... If you think you have a condition like this... before you do anything get radiographs and have an experienced vet or vets look at them.