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Hip Dysplasia Treatments Bismarck ND

Confirmation of hip dysplasia requires quality hip radiographs, which should be done under heavy sedation or general anesthesia to achieve proper positioning. X-rays taken on an awake patient may lead to an erroneous diagnosis.

Stockmen's Veterinary Clinic
(701) 433-1990
802 West Main Ave SE
Fargo, ND
Hours
Monday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Large Animal Vet, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary House Calls, Veterinary Medical Specialties, Veterinary Surgery

West Fargo Animal Hospital
(701) 282-2898
730 13TH Ave E
West Fargo, ND

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Bismarck Animal Clinic & Hospital
(701) 222-8255
1414 E Calgary Ave
Bismarck, ND
 
Peterson Andrew A DVM
(701) 437-3201
13484 Highway 46
Enderlin, ND
 
Oakes Veterinary Service
(701) 742-2486
Highway 1 S
Oakes, ND
 
Southgate Veterinary Hospital
(701) 298-9455
1415 32ND Ave S
Fargo, ND

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Airport Animal Hospital
(701) 293-8888
2401 University Dr N
Fargo, ND

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Missouri Valley Veterinary Clinic
(701) 222-0551
755 W Interstate Ave
Bismarck, ND
 
J & L Livestock
(701) 282-5493
851 Arena Rd Ste 204
West Fargo, ND
 
West River Veterinary Clinic
(701) 567-4333
106 2nd Ave NW
Hettinger, ND
 
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Making Sense of Hip Dysplasia Treatments


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A 7-month-old male Labrador suffering from moderate hip dysplasia. He was treated with a triple pelvic osteotomy.
Canine hip dysplasia is commonly diagnosed, but which surgical treatment to offer can be confusing.

Suspicion about hip dysplasia often arises from the history. It classically includes bunny hopping as well as difficulty rising after rest, going upstairs or jumping up. Decreased activity, intermittent lameness and a reluctance to run are other common complaints.

Examination of a dysplastic dog may include pain on hip extension along with a decreased range of motion, atrophy of thigh muscles and weight shifting to the front legs. Hip pain is basically due to joint laxity in young dogs and to degenerative changes in older dogs.

Confirmation of hip dysplasia requires quality hip radiographs, which should be done under heavy sedation or general anesthesia to achieve proper positioning. X-rays taken on an awake patient may lead to an erroneous diagnosis.

We will not discuss which X-ray technique (PennHip vs. OFA vs. other methods) is better. It is not the purpose of this column.

It is, however, important to remember that there is no correlation between the severity of radiographic changes and clinical signs. In other words, one patient with “horrible hips” on X-rays may be functional, while another dog with mild hip dysplasia may be in great pain.

There are several pitfalls to avoid before assuming a dog has hip dy...

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