Your Questions, Answered by a Veterinary Surgeon

veterinary surgeon will not hesitate to recommend and perform total hip replacement (THR) surgery when the indications for surgical intervention are present, and no other higher priority problems exist. Here are some of the most common questions pet owners ask, answered by a skilled and experienced veterinary surgeon.

What breeds are more susceptible to hip dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia commonly affects large dog breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Australian Shepherds, German Shepherds, Border Collies, and Rottweilers. Giant breeds such as Great Danes and Mastiffs are also more susceptible. That is not to say that other breeds or sizes of dogs cannot be impacted by hip dysplasia. There are more than 100 breeds in the total hip replacement registry, including some cats.

How can I tell if my dog is in pain?

Unlike humans, your four-legged friends are unable to speak up and say, “I am in pain.” However, there are various ways for them to clue you into their discomfort, such as whining or sleeping more. Additional signs that your pet may be in pain – especially if they have been diagnosed with hip dysplasia – include difficulty getting up, limping, a diversion to playtime, or a lack of appetite. They may also protect the painful area.

How is canine total hip replacement surgery determined?

The determination of your pet’s need for total hip replacement is made after all other options, including pain management, have been exhausted or when the patient’s quality of life is low due to chronic pain. The decision is based on the animal’s medical history, physical examination, radiographs, and blood work. Your pet must be healthy overall to be considered a good surgical candidate.

Are there size or age limitations for a total hip replacement?

Total hip replacement surgery has been successfully performed on small, medium, large, and giant breed dogs. It has also been performed on cats. Implants are available in a broad range of sizes. Ideally, your pet must reach skeletal maturity, typically occurring at about nine to ten months of age. Though, under some circumstances, it may be performed on dogs six months old. THR immediately creates a pain-free joint and restores function that mimics normal function.

How do I schedule a consultation with a veterinary surgeon?

Global Veterinary Specialists recognize that dogs and cats encounter orthopedic injuries, disabling difficulties, and diseases that can affect their lives.

Each GVS surgeon has more than twenty years’ experience handling the most complex problems that may arise in your pets.

We are teachers, mentors, inventors, clinical researchers, and surgeons driven to achieve excellence for every animal.

Please contact us today to learn how we can help restore your four-legged family member’s quality of life.

“How to Tell if Your Dog is in Pain.” American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA).

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