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Treating Dog Hip Dysplasia With Surgery & Dog Arthritis Medication by Chris Durin

Treating Dog Hip Dysplasia With Surgery & Dog Arthritis Medication

by Chris Durin

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Hip dysplasia occurs when the ball and joint connection of the hip separates due to an abnormality in the ball and joint structure and the laxity of the joint muscles, connective tissues and ligaments. Genetics, obesity, rapid growth and over exercise are factors that increase your dog’s risk of developing this condition.
While the condition can start in a dog’s early years, most dogs are able to go about their activities without showing signs of pain until arthritis sets in. Some dogs may limp, run or move differently or avoid extending the rear legs, most owners may mistake these as normal signs of aging.

Hip Displasia Treatment Options

Surgical Options

Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis

This is a less invasive option that must be done before the dog reaches 5 months of age and before arthritis sets in. In this procedure, two pelvic bones are fused together to allow the other pelvic bones to grow normally. This changes the angle of the hips and improves the movement of the joint, lessening the likelihood of developing dog arthritis.

Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO)

In TPO, a specialist surgeon will realign the hip socket so that it will properly cover the ball of the joint. TPO is a major surgical procedure that has high success rates in preventing arthritis for young animals usually less than 10 months of age.

Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO)


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  • Published: September 2010
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: T037011