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Feline Exam Videos

A simple and successful osteoarthritis (OA) exam can be accomplished by following a 3-stage approach that includes owner assessment (see Feline OA Checklist), in-clinic observations (see 4 ways to spot feline OA in the clinic), and an orthopedic evaluation/exam.

Keys to a successful OA Exam of cats

In this first video, Dr. Lascelles describes how these stages work together (2:55 mins.)

Brief description of key strategies to identify OA in your feline patients

Assessment of the Cat Prior to Exam

In this video, Dr. Lascelles demonstrates how to assess for hypersensitivity and muscle atrophy, and look for clues as to where joint pain could be located. (4:50 min.)

Key questions and observations prior to physically approaching the cat

Approach to Starting the Evaluation of Joints

Next, Dr. Lascelles explains how to use your observations up to this point to determine the sequence for the rest of the orthopedic exam, along with general feline-friendly handling skills in order to minimize stress and pain during the exam. (3:17 min.)

Discusses handling of the cat and minimizing stress during the exam

The remaining 8 videos demonstrate how to manipulate specific major joints using a feline-friendly approach. The technique is shown with the cat standing or in lateral recumbency, dependent upon the catís comfort and acceptance.

Lateral Recumbency - The Stifle Joint

Proper hand placement and skeletal landmarks to assess the stifle

Lateral Recumbency - The Elbow Joint

Proper hand placement and skeletal landmarks to assess the elbow

Lateral Recumbency - The Shoulder Joint

Proper hand placement and skeletal landmarks to assess the stifle

Lateral Recumbency - Lumbosacral Space

Proper hand placement and skeletal landmarks to assess the lumbosacral space

Lateral Recumbency - The Hip Joint

Proper hand placement and skeletal landmarks to assess the hip

Standing- The Lumbosacral Space

Proper hand placement and skeletal landmarks to assess the lumbosacral space while the cat is standing

Standing - The Forelimb Joint

Proper hand placement and skeletal landmarks to assess the forelimb while the cat is standing

Standing - The Hip Joint

Proper hand placement and skeletal landmarks to assess the hindlimb while the cat is standing



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