Are We Pulling Your Leg?
Veterinary & Aquatic Services Department, Drs. Foster & Smith

The following statements regarding the forelimbs and hindlimbs of animals may be true, or we may be pulling your leg. Good luck determining which is which.

  1. The hock of a dog or cat is equivalent to the human ankle.

  2. Cats usually have four toes on the paw of the hind leg.

  3. In addition to hip dysplasia, dogs can also have elbow dysplasia.

  4. Panosteitis is a painful inflammation of the bones of the legs in young dogs.

  5. A ruptured cruciate ligament affects the knee.

  6. Cats with diabetes mellitus (sugar diabetes) may walk with their hocks touching the ground.

  7. Calicivirus, which affects the respiratory system in cats, can also cause limping in kittens.

  8. The carpus (wrist) of a cat has 7 bones.

  9. The long leg bones of young animals grow in length from distinct areas at each end of the bone.

  10. The radius is the major weight bearing bone of the foreleg.

  11. The femur is the heaviest bone in the skeleton of a dog.

  12. The patella is also known as the kneecap.


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On your last LEGs
More LEG work is needed
A LEGitimate try
A LEGendary effort


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