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Hip Dysplasia Treatments Sparks NV

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.

Baring Boulevard Veterinary Hospital
(775) 636-7855
700 Baring Blvd.
Sparks, NV
Hours
Monday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday 7:30 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday 7:30 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Services
Animal Flea Control, Animal Microchipping, Declawing, Small Animal Vet, Spaying/Neutering, Veterinarians, Veterinary Dentistry, Veterinary Euthanasia, Veterinary Surgery, Veterinary Vaccinations

Baker, Bob, Dvm - Baring Boulevard Vetry Hosp
(775) 358-6880
700 Baring Blvd
Sparks, NV

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Kreature Komforts Animal Hospital
(775) 356-5524
2205 Glendale Ave Ste 117
Sparks, NV

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Klaich Animal Hospital
(775) 826-1212
1990 S Virginia St
Reno, NV

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Champagne, Ellen D, Dvm - Kings Row Pet Hospital
(775) 747-1211
3653 Kings Row
Reno, NV

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Alexander Werner
(775) 827-3033
855 East Peckham Lane
Reno, NV
 
Baring Boulevard vet Hospital
(888) 872-4959
700 Baring Blvd
Sparks, NV

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Pyramid Veterinary Hospital
(775) 356-8323
2405 Pyramid Way
Sparks, NV

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Cocanour, Robert A, Dvm - Klaich Animal Hospital Ltd
(775) 826-1212
1990 S Virginia St
Reno, NV

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Connelly, Cathy, Dvm - Community Animal Hospital
(775) 746-0333
4871 Summit Ridge Dr
Reno, NV

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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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