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"Tess" - Springer Spaniel with Hip Dyspasia

Most clients will have heard of the painful disease known as hip dysplasia that is well recognised in certain larger breed dogs such as German Shepherds and Labradors. This often debilitating hereditary disease results in an abnormal development of the structures around and in the hip joint. As a consequence of poor hip design the joint capsule supporting the hip tears and the resulting instability can result in microfractures within the joint cartilage.

Patients who present at an early age (6 to 9 months) such as "Tess", do so because of the resulting pain and inflammation. Diagnosing the condition is relatively straightforward with the use of radiography. It is usually quite apparent from the position of the hips and the level of conformation within the joint cavity as to how severe the problem can be. Whilst many are aware of this condition in the larger breeds it is often overlooked as a possible diagnosis in the smaller breed types such as Springer Spaniels. Interrogation of the many veterinary students who pass through our doors confirms my suspicions that it is mistakenly associated with only large breeds. Consequently, breed improvement health schemes to improve the genetic well being of the patients are often overlooked.

Whilst the diagnosis of hip dysplasia is not difficult, predicting the outcome can be very problematic. Numerous factors contribute to success. Bodyweight and the temperament of the individual are crucial. The more weight that the dysplastic hips have to carry around the greater the longterm damage to the joints. The more determined the patient and the owners are to manage the crucial "plastic" phase as the joint continues to develop the better.

Fortunately, "Tess" and her owners make the ideal combination of enthusiasm and strict regime that is required to achieve success. Hydrotherapy to build muscle mass and maintain range of movement can make the difference to avoid surgery. Controlling food intake, appropriate exercise and medication are the other corner stones of conservative treatment. It is particularly satisfying to see "Tess" progress over the past few months and maintain her breed mentality......"Springer by name Springer by nature!"

Terry Dunne
BVMS, Cert SAO, MRCVS

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