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Hip Dysplasia Treatments Greenville SC

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.

Randall C Thomas
(864) 385-6565
393 Woods Lake Road
Greenville, SC
Hours
Mon-Thurs: 8:30 am - 5 pm; Fri: 9-noon

Richland Creek Animal Clinic
(864) 232-2718
707 E Stone Ave
Greenville, SC

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Greenville HUmane Society
(864) 242-3626
328 Furman Hall Rd.
Greenville, SC
Services
Spay/Neuter/Vaccinations/Adoptions

Pleasantburg Veterinary Clinic Inc
(864) 232-6445
634 S Pleasantburg Dr
Greenville, SC

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North Greenville Animal Hosp
(864) 244-8281
1300 Stallings Rd
Greenville, SC

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Pet Med Mobile
(864) 232-2718
707 E Stone Ave
Greenville, SC

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Haywood Road Animal Hospital
(864) 288-7472
520 Haywood Rd
Greenville, SC

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Pleasantburg Veterinary Clinic, Inc.
(864) 232-6445
634 S. Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC
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Veterinary, Grooming, Boarding
Hours
8-6 M-F 8-12 S

Welsh, Paula, Dvm - North Greenville Animal Hosp
(864) 244-8281
1300 Stallings Rd
Greenville, SC

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Poinsett Animal Hospital
(864) 233-6903
2606 Poinsett Hwy
Greenville, SC

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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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