By Debra Sellon
If your dog suffers an orthopedic injury, you are often asked to make a decision regarding which treatment options you want to pursue. What you may not know is that vets have little information other than their personal experience to help them predict performance outcomes after specific injuries or surgeries. In contrast, in the world of athletic horses, there is much scientific evidence to guide these decisions. For most common equine injuries, there is ample evidence to determine the probability of return to athletic function after specific surgical procedures. A team of researchers from across the U.S. is taking the first steps toward developing this type of evidence to guide decision-making related to injuries in canine athletes.