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When you choose a new puppy, you
hope it is going to have a long, happy
and healthy life, and not succumb to
painful and debilitating joints at a young age.
Many such problems may be inherited from one
or both parents, but carrier parents may not
show any clinical signs of the issue.
Two conditions that may be passed on to a
puppy include hip and elbow dysplasia.
The hip joint consists of a ball (femoral head)
and a socket (acetabulum of the pelvis).
In a normal dog, the femoral head is seated
tightly within the acetabulum, but in the
young dysplastic dog, the femoral head
progressively moves out of the acetabulum,
giving rise to poor joint conformation. The
consequent instability of the hip joint results in
Larger breeds are more commonly affected.
Hip dysplasia is essentially an inherited
disease; however, environmental factors such as
nutrition, exercise and trauma also play a role.
This refers to various forms of
osteochondrosis of the elbow joint. Its main
feature is the faulty conversion of cartilage into
bone as the long bones grow.
Affected dogs may show episodes of
lameness, and manipulation of the elbow may
be painful. Commonly, medium to large,
heavyset dogs are affected. Environmental
factors may also influence the severity of
To hip-and-elbow-score a dog, it must be
more than 12 months of age. While the dog is
anaesthetised, your vet will take X-rays that are
submitted to the New Zealand Veterinary
Association. A panel of vets trained in the
precise reading of canine joint X-rays evaluates
and grades them.
When selecting a new puppy, it is wise to
inquire about the hip and elbow scores of the
parents. Selecting a puppy from parents
who are free from these diseases will
markedly reduce the likelihood of the puppy
Special visit to pupils
Peptalk: Crusaders midfield ace Ryan Crotty pulls his group in for a team talk.
APPRECIATED: The visit brought smiles to the pupils'
BURNHAM SCHOOL enjoyed a timely visit from
four special guests on Friday.
With the All Blacks playing France at AMI
Stadium on Saturday night, rugby was on the
minds of many Cantabrians, but especially for
Burnham pupils, who had the chance to rub
shoulders with four Crusaders.
Luke Whitelock, Ryan Crotty, Tom Donnally
and Tyler Bleyendaal signed autographs, talked
about being a Crusader, answered questions and
taught students rugby skills with fun games that
brought big smiles to the Burnham pupils' faces.
Multicultural festival all on again
FIJIAN FLAIR: As it was at the last festival held in 2009, Fiji will again
be represented by a Christchurch group performing on stage.
AFTER BEING forced into a
temporary hiatus because of
the Canterbury earthquakes,
the Lincoln Multicultural
Festival committee is hoping
it will be third time lucky
The Rotary Club of Lincoln
has decided the time has come
to reintroduce the event, and
this year's festival is shaping
up as the biggest yet.
The group was preparing
for the ninth festival, in
October 2010, when the
September earthquake struck
and delayed the event.
The committee started plan-
ning the festival for March
2011, but the February earth-
quake put paid to that.
Festival convener Surinder
Tandon said there seems to be
a lot of excitment in the com-
munity about the festival.
The event -- which runs
between 1pm and 5pm on
Saturday, June 22 -- is funded
by the Selwyn District
Council and the Rotary Club
of Lincoln, and has also
drawn support from numerous
business and community
groups in Lincoln.
The day will showcase art,
craftwork, music, dance and
food from the diverse nations
represented in the region.
This year will be the first
time the Lincoln Events
Centre has been used.
Dozens of different cultures
will be taking to the stage.
Mr Tandon said that bringing
the festival back was a very
positive step and a good way
to bring some normality back
to the community.
had his first
School on his
on May 28.
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