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Hip Surgery

December 7th, 2008, 11:42 AM
How do you find a good vet/surgon to fix a dogs hips. I'm not sure how bad my dogs hips are, but they deffinately aren't good and I've been trying to avoid them. At this point I would like to find a surgon to fix them and get an estimate to get his hips fixed. What do I look for?

December 7th, 2008, 12:36 PM
Look for an orthopedic surgeon either at a private clinic or a Veterinary Teaching Hospital (usually associated with universities) who does a lot of hip surgeries. There should be a list of fees for different surgeries available to give you an idea of the cost. Once you've gotten a diagnosis and need to shop around in earnest for a specific surgeon for whatever procedure is suggested, it never hurts to ask how many surgeries like it the surgeon has done and what his success rate is.

:fingerscr that it turns out your dog can be treated with supplements, an exercise regimen and a good diet and not have to undergo surgery!

December 8th, 2008, 01:47 PM
Veterinary Teaching Hospitals are a great choice. That way, you get a whole team of people working on your dogs case, and they get round the clock care. While there are really good orthopedic vets out there, I really liked knowing that my newfie girl was under constant supervision after her leg surgery rather than spending the night alone in a vet's office.

December 8th, 2008, 07:21 PM
I think that my Italian Mastiff has the opposite of hip dysplasia, his hips seem to be very "tight!" For instance, if he is laying on his side and I lift up one of his legs, he can't move it very far until he starts to cry. Sometimes he also has a hard time getting up as well because when he lays down, his hips are off to the side of him.

December 8th, 2008, 08:21 PM
That could be dysplasia. As it progresses, arthritis develops, making movement painful. So if he's in an odd position or if you try to move his legs out of his comfortable range of motion, it would cause pain.

The only way to know for sure, of course, is have your dog evaluated by a vet with some orthopedic experience.

December 9th, 2008, 02:06 AM
I don't know about the U.S. but up here in B.C. we need to get referred to a specialist/vet school by our regular vet.

Good luck with your boy and keep us posted. :fingerscr :goodvibes:

December 9th, 2008, 02:03 PM
Hip dysplasia in dogs is defined as any malformation of the bones/soft tissues in the hip joints that causes the joint to not function normally. Of course one of the indicators of the condition is loss of range of movement.

I certainly hope that your dog doesn't have any dysplasia (or arthritis) in his hips. My newfie girl will have arthritis in her back legs due to a misdiagnosed acl rupture, and my son's male newf has elbow dysplasia. Both will get worse as they age, and that is not something I'm looking forward to. I've got both of them on Dasuquin and hopefully that will help to keep their joints working smoothly.

And when I took my dog to the University of Colorado Vet Teaching Hospital, I didn't have to have a referral from a vet - I just called and made an appt.