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Making Sense of Hip Dysplasia Treatments
|A 7-month-old male Labrador suffering from moderate hip dysplasia. He was treated with a triple pelvic osteotomy.|
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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