OUR 1-1/2 YEAR OLD CORGI HAS BEEN DIAGNOSED WITH HIP DYSPLASIA AND THE ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON IS RECOMMENDING A PROCEDURE CALLED TPO

June 10, 2014

Our 1-1/2 year old Corgi has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and the orthopedic surgeon is recommending a procedure called TPO; however, he admits he has never performed this procedure on a Corgi or other small dog. Our dog does not appear to be in pain; however, we do hear a popping sound out of his left hip when he walks. What is your experience with this solution to hip dysplasia? Would you do it?

Colleen H., Washington

 

Hi Colleen,

I am familiar with this procedure. It is great for big dogs. My approach would be to do a pectineal myotomy first. I have had very good luck with corgis and this procedure, and it is much easier on the dog. Please explore this as I think it is all you will have to do. The popping sound in the hip is seen in many corgis and is not always a sign of a cripple, due to their size. I would also suggest you get some of my Healthy Joint supplement as it helps reduce the pain and helps repair the damage to the joint surface. Hope this helps.

Chuck Kruger, DVM