Declan brings his hyperactive sidekick one-year-old Ridgeback Loki to Fitzpatricks for investigation of a developmental disease of joint cartilage affecting the talus bone which is part of the ankle joint of one of his back legs.
Loki is still very young, and very lively, but has also been lame his entire life, and as a result, has always had to be kept on a lead. Noel diagnoses the condition of osteochondritis dissecans and discusses treatment options, old and new.
Declan opts for surgery using a custom designed and manufactured partial joint replacement in an effort to treat Loki’s problem and alleviate his lameness. But just as big a challenge as the operation is Loki’s delightful but boisterous nature. Confined to quarters, he faces a long period of recuperation to ensure that his wounds heal correctly.