Hip dysplasia is an inherited abnormality where the hips of affected dogs do not develop properly, resulting in poor fit of the round head of the femur in the hip socket. In severe cases, the joint can be completely dislocated. While hip scoring the parents prior to breeding can reduce the chance of the puppies getting hip dysplasia, it is no guarantee. For this reason we offer screening radiographs (with a distraction view) at 16 weeks for at risk breeds, such as Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and many other medium and large breeds.
If your puppy is at risk of developing hip dysplasia based on the distraction radiographs, our veterinarians may, in some cases, recommend a procedure called Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis. It involves encouraging early fusion of the pubic bone, so that as the pelvis grows, the cup part of the hip joint covers the head of the femur. JPS is an effective procedure for mild to moderate hip dysplasia. Some of our veterinarians have undergone further training to be able to offer this surgery at Erina Heights Vet Hospital. For more severe cases, we would recommend referral to an orthopaedic specialist surgeon.
If in the unfortunate event your pet suffers trauma, our visiting orthopaedic specialist can perform procedures such as repair of hip luxations, fractures requiring internal fixation (plates, screws, pins) or external fixateur repair.