Periódicos Brasileiros em Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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Gomes, Luedja Carla Vidal MonteiroSantana, Vanessa Lira deFarias, Leonardo Alves deSouza, Almir Pereira de

Background: The swimmer puppy syndrome, characterized by an abnormal puppy development, is rare in cats, and commonly observed between the 2nd and 3rd week of life. The puppy affected by the syndrome has difficulty with ambulation, abduction and paresis of the hindlimbs and, occasionally, the forelimbs. The recommended treatment consists of using bandages around the affected limbs and physiotherapy while remaining on non-slip floors and soft surfaces. This paper reports the occurrence of the swimmer puppy syndrome in an entire litter of cats, emphasizing the discussion about the types of treatments for the disease. Case: Three 11 day-old kittens of non-defined breed (NDB) were referred to the Veterinary Hospital with locomotion disability. The mother of the kittens was found on the street. Upon clinical examination, the only observed abnormality was that the kittens remained in constant sterna recumbency while the hindlimbs were extended and displaced laterally. After examination, it was decided to accompany the animals until the third week of life for re-evaluations. At 25 days old, the kittens showed less severe sternal recumbency. However, the hindlimbs remained in constant abduction and displaced laterally and caudally while producing rotational movements similar to swimming when trying to move around. The chest and pelvic radiographs detected normal bone density, and joint...(AU)

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