Dog Hip Problems
A dog’s hip joint comes apart (is dislocated) more often than any other joint. This ball-and-socket joint, like most others, is surrounded by a capsule. Ligaments and muscles, too, hold it in place. Even though it is held very strongly in place, falls and blows such as those inflicted by automobiles somehow force the ball on the femur out of the socket.
This dislocation may be such that the ball is above, below, or in front of the rim of the socket. Even the rim itself may be damaged so it is extremely difficult to get the joint to stay together. Often the capsule, ligaments, and muscles which hold the Il se joint together are so mutilated that the femur can be put back with ease, only to slip out again just as easily.
Some dislocations of this type in large dogs are difficult to reduce and others were snapped back by merely bending the leg and giving it just the right kind of twist. You may say, if you watch your veterinarian set one, “It’s all in knowing how.” But no expert can get tall hip joints together easily.
Dog Hip Problems Information
- As a responsible pet owner, you are recommended to take your little puppy for a hip check-up. In case of dog hip problems getting detected due to the young age of the dog surgeries can be quite effective in treating the disease.
- There are mainly three main types of surgeries namely, femoral head, triple pelvic osteotomy, and total hip replacement.
- The femoral head operation is the process by which the vet cuts and shapes the surfaces of the bones and the socket joints. The main objective behind the surgery is rehabilitation. With proper exercise, the area would develop muscles and tissues that would mend up the entire joint. The surgery is quite a cost-saving. The operation ensures no incidence of arthritis throughout the life of your pet as the dog is no more vulnerable to the friction of the bones of the joints. This operation is also safe from infections as it does not involve any form of implants or cement. To make the surgery a success you are advised to make your doggy exercise for a fixed schedule of time regularly.
- Another surgery is TPO or triple pelvic osteotomy. The process includes the cutting of the 4 various regions of the pelvis so that the ball gets entirely adjusted with the socket joint. Though the dog may not be subjected to intensive exercise the internal implants or the cement of the joints may not be accepted by the body.
- The third form of surgery is total hip replacement. The process includes removing the affected ball and socket joint and then replacing it with a new one. Generally, artificial joints are made up of titanium or any other metal.
Though the body would take a huge amount of time to get accept the new implant if completely recovered from the surgery the dog would be free from any form of impending dog hip problems for the rest of its life.
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