• Total hip replacement in dogs

The case presented to us at West Midlands Veterinary Referrals is typical and involved a young male labrador who presented with a history of hind limb lameness associated with hip dysplasia and instability of the hip joints. Thigh muscle wastage was apparent. His hips were painful when they were extended.

Conservative treatment was an option with exercise and weight control, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy and the use of anti-inflammatory drugs as required. This is essentially the same as treatment for degenerative joint disease, outlined on a fact sheet and found in the section for owners on this website. However, the dog’s signs were such that once he was about 1 year old the owners opted for a left total hip replacement.

The procedure went smoothly, and the dog has been doing well post-operatively, in no small measure, because of the diligent attention to aftercare he receives from his owners who are following the aftercare plan very closely.

While we offer total hip replacement procedures at extremely competitive prices, it should nevertheless be noted that they still carry a significant expense and they carry a modest but noteworthy risk of serious complications. We only offer this surgery at Burton-Upon-Trent, where we can assure the excellent standards of asepsis that are required to maintain our good record of outcomes.

29th December 2013