Idea Exchange: Discuss hip dysplasia early

Sep 01, 2005
By staff

I make it standard practice to discuss hip dysplasia with the owners of predisposed breeds when they drop off their dogs for neutering. I educate the owners about the Ortolani sign and explain that I can use this test to assess hip laxity while the dogs are anesthetized. I also ask for consent for radiography. That way, if I do find a positive sign, I can obtain a ventrodorsal radiograph to assess the hips. I have found owners are often compliant with this practice, and I identify potential triple pelvic osteotomy candidates early.

Dr. Terry Dew, DACVS
Knoxville, Ark.