I am sorry to hear about Buddy and his recent diagnosis of hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is a condition that affects the hip joints in dogs.
Dysplasia means ‘abnormality of development’ and the disease primarily leads to laxity of the joint which over time results in secondary osteoarthritis of the affected joint.
It can affect one or both joints however the vast majority of dogs have dysplasia of both hips. Hip dysplasia is a very common orthopaedic condition in dogs and is commonly diagnosed between 6 and 12 months of age, however the onset can vary. Clinical signs can include stiffness, difficulty in getting up or laying down, exercise intolerance and limping.
There are a variety of suggested treatments for dogs suffering with hip dysplasia of which many different factors will play a part in deciding which option is best. Things to be considered include the age of the dog, how lame the dog is and whether there is evidence of arthritis in the affected joints.
There are a few surgical options in dogs with hip dysplasia of which a ‘triple pelvic osteotomy’ or TPO is one of them. This involves surgical modification of the hip joint to improve how well the joint fits together. The decision for this procedure to be carried out requires a series of tests and radiographs to be carried out by your veterinary surgeon.
I am sure your vet would be more than happy to talk about why they think a triple pelvic osteotomy is the best option for treating Buddy.
I have no doubt that they have Buddy’s best interest at heart and they can hopefully put you at ease and help you feel more comfortable about making a decision for him.