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Spina bifida in a German shepherd puppy
  1. HM Clayton and
  2. JS Boyd


A case of spina bifida in a German shepherd puppy is described. The puppy, which was dead when delivered by caesarian section, had an obvious cleft in the skin and soft tissues overlying an area of kyphosis in the lumbar region. Radiographic examination and bone staining techniques revealed an extensive bony defect with a failure in approximation of the vertebral laminae dorsally from T3 to Ca5.

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