Hip Health

Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis — Preventative procedure performed on large breed puppies with a predisposition to hip dysplasia. The puppy needs to be between 10-16 weeks of age. Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis helps reduce the incidence or severity of puppy hip dysplasia. We perform this procedure by appointment only Monday – Friday. The dog may go home the same day as the procedure with normal diet and exercise.  Stitch removal is necessary 10-14 days later. Juvenile Pubic Symphysiodesis is not recommended for breeding dogs.

PennHip Radiographs — This is a scientific method to evaluate a dog for its susceptibility to develop hip dysplasia. Your dog will have x-rays taken while under anesthesia and they will be submitted electronically to the University of Pennsylvania for interpretation. We perform PennHip Radiographs on dogs 16 weeks of age or older. It is by appointment only Monday – Friday. The dog may go home the same day as the procedure with normal diet and exercise.

Cementless Total Hip Replacement — This is a highly-specialized procedure for dogs with severe hip dysplasia or trauma. We perform cementless total hip replacement by appointment only after a full evaluation of the dog including x-rays and owner consultation. We perform this procedure Monday – Friday by appointment only and the dog often goes home the same day. Special home care is needed following this procedure and will be explained in detail during the consultation. This includes six weeks of limited exercise. Stitch removal and follow-up is needed 10-14 days following procedure.