Maggie, a 9-month-old Standard Poodle, came to WVRC’s Surgery Service because her owner noticed that she had started showing signs of lameness in her left hind limb a few months prior. Her owner thought something was wrong when Maggie stopped doing her normal activities and started to whine when she trying to get up.
After reviewing the results of the x-rays, Dr. Reed concluded that Maggie had avascular necrosis of the femoral head, also known as Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. This is a disease of the hip joint that results in an abnormal deformity of the ball of the hip joint and is primarily seen in small breed dogs. Chances of complete recovery are very good, providing that rehabilitation therapy is done after surgery.
Due to Maggie’s age, her owner had some concerns as to whether the surgery would stunt her growth. Dr. Reed did not expect any growth or development issues and in fact the surgery may help her grow better because she would be more comfortable as she grew and as a result have better muscle growth.
Maggie’s surgery went well, her range of motion improved, she was much more comfortable, and was back to her normal activities. Maggie is such a sweet dog and an excellent patient. We wish her the best as she works through her rehab and gets stronger each day.