Hip Diseases in Dogs

The hip, like all the skeleton, may undergo fractures, arthritis, osteoarthritis, or any other inflammation, but what interests us here is a pathology of which Terriers are quite often victims, more than other breeds: Aseptic necrosis of the femoral head

The origin of this disease, still called Legg-Perthes disease , is unknown. It preferably reaches small dogs, especially Terriers from a young age. Most of the time the lesion reaches only one side, and the dog is limping.

The manipulation of the hip on the side of the lesion is painful, and one distinguishes very clearly on radiography the anomalies of the head femoral. If symptoms persist after one year of age, surgery can be considered and gives very good results.

Surgery involves excision of the femoral head.

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