Bondi is a bouncy, friendly and completely lovable Golden Retriever. Although her size may make you think she is a fully grown adult, this girl is only 8 months old, so is still to reach her adult weight and size.
Bondi was seen at AdelaideVet Prospect when her owners noticed that she was walking with an odd gait, and occasionally they would hear a “click” from her right hind leg when she moved in a certain way.
On a full health examination, all the joints in the body were checked. The clicking was able to be replicated when her right hip was examined but not in her left hip. Both hips were comfortable and had a good range of movement, meaning that they could still move all the directions a normal hip joint should be able to. X-rays of the hips were recommended to investigate the clicking and the odd gait that was noticed by the owners.
The following day Bondi had hip X-rays under anaesthetic. Having Bondi under anaesthetic was very important for correct positioning to achieve the right images, and for the safety of staff and Bondi during the procedure.
As soon as the X-rays were processed on the digital processor it was evident that both of Bondi’s hips were abnormal and was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia. This is a condition that can affect a number of dog breeds, with Golden Retrievers being over represented amongst those affected.
Hip Dysplasia is a developmental condition that affects the structure and conformation of the hip joint. It has strong genetic links but still occurs in individuals with good genetic lines. The main outcome for dogs with Hip Dysplasia is they will often develop degenerative joint disease or arthritis earlier in life than the average dog. Knowing a dog has hip dysplasia is very important as we are able to initiate management steps very early in their lives to give them the best and most comfortable outcome. Bondi’s family are dedicated to providing her with the management and support she will need over the coming years. They have already started her on injections that support her joints, weight management, exercise management and supplementation to her diet to further support her joints.
There are a number of surgical procedures that can be considered to lessen the effects of hip dysplasia. There are strict criteria for some of these surgeries, therefore each case must be assessed on its individual merits. One procedure that is offered at AdelaideVet is JPS or Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis surgery. This is best performed when the puppy is 16-20 weeks of age, therefore it is imperative to be discussing hip dysplasia and investigate at an early age with your vet.