Amanda R. Dickerman
Signalment: Jasper, a 7 month old, neutered M, Scottish terrier.
History: Patient (P) was adopted from a family friend at 16 weeks of age. P has had difficulty walking, difficulty standing up, favors right hind limb, and movement of left hip is painful. P is the only household pet. P is UTD on vaccinations.
S: BAR, healthy, shiny coat, painful
O: Weight- 16 lbs
Temperature- 102.1 F
A: R/Os: Panosteitis, OCD
P: FHO surgery requested, hospitalization, orthopedic surgery aftercare, follow-up appointment 2 weeks later, additional radiographs post-op
Rx- Tramadol 50mg: please give ½ tablet by mouth every 8-12 hours as needed for pain.
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As stated previously, minor cases may only need supportive care and supplements. Even in more advanced cases, dogs can live long, happy lives after surgery and physical therapy. The most severe cases may result in loss of function of a hind limb, however, even then the prognosis is not fatal. In cases where the femoral head does not sit well in the acetabulum, hip pain and arthritis can occur later on in life. However, most animals can grow into adulthood without any further hip problems (orthoinfo.aaos.org, 2017).
As of right now, there is no known way to prevent the onset of Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Owners should make sure to do their research on this disease if planning to adopt a toy or terrier breed, so that they can be prepared for the possible diagnosis of the disease. Since the cause of the disease is not fully understood, there is no way to prevent it currently. The best way to prevent severe cases of the disease is to take animals in for regular physical examinations, and to be aware of the clinical signs accompanied by the