What’s a Doctor to Do?
If your dog is a good candidate for surgery, there are additional options you can explore to bring a more normal life back to your fur buddy. A lot of factors go into the decision on if your dog qualifies for surgery. Things like age, weight, preexisting conditions, breed and the stage of the disease and condition of the hip joints at the time of surgery. Your DMV can evaluate in an exam and give you an idea of the dogs likelihood of being a candidate for surgery. If they do qualify, there are a few possible surgeries they could have
DPT/TPO – this is for younger dogs. The surgeon actually cuts into the pelvic bone then rotates segments of the ball and socket to assure better growth and movement.
FHO – This surgery involves cutting off the “ball” of the hip joint, thus creating a new or “false” joint that reduces the pain and discomfort associated with hip displasia. FHO will not recreate normal hip function but it does help in pain reduction. You give a little to regain comfort in this procedure, which is akin to form of pain management.
THR – This is the best way to assure a more normal life. THR is a “Total Hip Replacement” in which the entire joint is replaced with plastic and metal parts. Most dogs regain a more normal range of motion and all but eliminate the pain and discomfort they were experiencing.
Other veterinarian drive help options are things like physical therapy, joint supplements that can be found at most pet stores, anti-inflammatory medications, and joint fluid modifying injections. Your primary care doctor can discuss these treatments in more detail.
It’s key to remember that dogs with hip dysplasia can lead a full and mostly normal life. Your commitment to monitoring the signs and seeking treatment options is key to helping your pet manage the disease and pain. This may include wholesale lifestyle changes for your dog… and that means changes for you, as well.
If the thought of the time and change commitment concerns you, then you should do research of the breed and hereditary illness for their bloodline. Every dog has some possible genetic illnesses that are predisposed. Regardless if it’s hip dysplasia in large dogs, breathing issues in snub nosed dogs, knee joint issues in small dogs, kidney or heart conditions and eye conditions in various breeds, dog ownership comes with built in risks. Educate yourself on the breeds you have the most interest in and decide is the risk is worth the reward for the long term because that’s what loving a dog is, a long term commitment. You are signing up to care for a living creature, an animal that comes with all the health concern chances that a human child might have.
If you see reoccurring symptoms or actions that are out of character for your pet, keep an ongoing list and seek out the advice of your primary care veterinarian. It’s better safe and silly, than overlooking a potential life changing illness or disease in your fur kids. Call your vet in advance with a list of symptoms or unusual actions and let them help you determine if your pet needs to be seen. You’ll be glad you did for your own peace of mind and the health of your buddy.
We hope this quick lesson on the signs, treatments, and impact of canine hip dysplasia has been helpful and informative. To find out more about pet related lifestyle, illness, product, or fun topics, check out our online archive of blog topics.
That’s it for this weeks Dog Blog. Keep in mind that the 4th of July is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to make a plan on fireworks proofing your home and dogs environment. Fireworks are loud, scary, and potentially trauma inducing. Help your dog cope with the night by planning a safe and comfortable space for them to ride out the night. You’ll be glad you did.
Look for our next issue in the upcoming weeks, as you find out what’s what in the word of your pets, as you discover what #FreddieSez! Until then, be safe and pet friendly!