Hip dysplasia can be a painful disease. If your dog has a severe form of hip dysplasia, surgery may be your best option. Though not cheap, these surgeries can give your dog a better, happier life.
Hip dysplasia is a condition caused when the ball-and-socket joints in a dog's hip fit loosely together instead of snug. Dogs aren't born with hip dysplasia, it develops over time. Mild hip dysplasia can be treated without surgery, but advanced forms of the disease require invasive medical intervention. Hip dysplasia can result in arthritis in older dogs if left untreated.
Hip dysplasia is often a genetic condition. Certain breeds are more prone than others to the disease. According to Dog Health Guide, six breeds are particularly susceptible: German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler and Saint Bernard. In general, the larger the dog, the more likely it is to develop hip dysplasia.
Total Hip Replacement Surgery
Total hip replacement surgery (THR) is performed on dogs one year or older, according to the Dog Health Guide. The ball joint is replaced with stainless steel and the socket is replaced with a type of plastic. THR is the most expensive hip dysplasia surgery, according to Vetinfo.com. It can cost upwards of £1,560. Post surgery medicines can cost £32 each, according to the website.
Triple Pelvic Osteotomy
Triple Pelvic Osteotomy (TPO) preserves the original joint and three cuts are made in the pelvis area to stabilise the joint. This procedure can be performed on dogs as young as four months, according to Petsurgery.com. The cost of TPO, including examinations and hospitalisation, is about £780, according to the website.
Actual surgical prices will vary on the veterinarian and the specifics of your dog's situation---age, breed, stage of the disease, etc. Discuss all of your options with your vet before opting for any type of surgery. Consider taking the least invasive steps first.