Ask the Vet with Wendy Brooks, DVM

Mar Vista Animal Medical Center

QuestionMy dog has hip dysplasia in both back legs. My vet says surgery is the only option at this point. Are there other things I can try before putting my dog through all that pain and shelling out thousands of dollars?

AnswerHonestly? It depends on how old your dog is, how much arthritis has set in, and what kind of activity level your dog prefers. A young dog without arthritis may be able to have a less aggressive surgery than an older dog with arthritis already present. Medication, weight control, and physical therapy can all be helpful in controlling the pain but remember, if the joint has an abnormal structure, surgery may produce the best results.

Dr. Wendy BrooksAbout the Vet:

Dr. Brooks has been the owner of the Mar Vista Animal Medical Center since 1997. Dr. Brooks is a board certified specialist in canine and feline practice and a member of the American Academy of Veterinary Dermatology. In addition, she is now Educational Director of VeterinaryPartner.com. Dr. Brooks is a native of the Los Angeles area, but attended Mount Holyoke College, graduating with high honors in 1983. She graduated from the University of California at Davis School of Veterinary Medicine in 1988.

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