About this Research Topic
Canine hip (CHD) and elbow dysplasia (ED) are inherited, non-congenital orthopedic diseases that are particularly prevalent in large and giant breeds of dog. Since the 1960s, the recommended veterinary approach for CHD and later for ED has been diagnosis and selective breeding with the aim to reduce disease prevalence in the canine populations.
Therefore, many countries in the world, over the last 50 years, have implemented different CHD and ED improvement programs.
The diagnosis of CHD or ED is made if characteristic radiographic signs are evident on standard or stressed views of the pelvis or elbow; the severity of the dysplasia being based on a gradual scale from nearly normal to severely affected. Studies attempting to find genetic markers for these diseases are now frequent but have very limited practical application. Imaging diagnosis continues to be of major importance for disease screening.
There are reports of CHD and ED improvement programs with different strategies. The goal of this Research topic is to provide a set of tools to analyze and improve screening programs by adapting the best aspects of programs to improve future success.
The Research Topic seeks a range of contribution that will assist is the understanding, implementation, evaluation and development of both CHD and ED improvement schemes. Such contributions may include reviews of current progress, descriptions and comparisons of screening strategies, and experiences from other screening schemes relevant to the overall aim of reducing the prevalence of CHD and ED.
Keywords: Canine, Hip, Elbow, Dysplasia, Screening