Frodo is a special dog whose developmental/ degenerative hip dysplasia left him feeling very sore and uncomfortable. Hip dysplasia is unfortunately not an uncommon disease of many medium to large breeds of dog. The problem is genetic in origin, but also has an environmental and/or nutritional component in some breeds. The hip joint is a ball and socket configuration which enables a very smooth and wide range of movement.
Frodo is only three years old, and due to the severe nature of his hip dysplasia, it was elected a total hip replacement would be required.
Dr Chris Preston, one of Australia's leading veterinary orthopaedic surgeons and pioneer of joint replacements in dogs from Melbourne, performed Frodo's surgery at Adelaide Animal Hospital earlier this year*.
Using an implant very similar to that used in people, Frodo's hip was removed and replaced with a plastic socket and metal head/ neck. This procedure relieves the pain and discomfort that Frodo suffered from osteoarthritis.
Frodo has made a full recovery, and is bouncing around (quite literally) and enjoying life to the full.
* Please note that Dr Preston is based at the Pet Emergency and Specialist Centre in Victoria. As such, we are unable to offer hip replacement surgery as a standard service at Adelaide Animal Hospitals.