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Dawn asked 2 years ago

Bulldog and French Bulldog Hip dysplasia and Surgery

Bulldog and French Bulldog Hip dysplasia and Surgery, Hello Dr, Kraemer.

I have a male English bulldog , he is 3 years old in January and we live in Switzerland.

The vets here are good but dont have much experience in the English bulldog breed. Here is where i would appreciate your opinion, a week age he had some pain in his left hind leg and screamed each time he put some weight on it so we took him to the vet and got X-rays done. The vet here seems to think he has severe hip dysplasia and signs of arthritis, He recommends hip replacement surgery? If you could be so kind as to take a look at his X-rays and let us know your expert opinion so that we can do right by our boy.

Thank you very much and looking forward to your kind reply.

BamBams Mommy.

 

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Dr. R.J. Kraemer Staff answered 1 year ago

Answer for Bulldog and French Bulldog Hip dysplasia and Surgery

Answer for Bulldog and French Bulldog Hip dysplasia and Surgery, Dear bambam mom from Switzerland

Bulldog and French bulldog hip dysplasia are very common. it is not uncommon for even a bulldog suffering from hip subluxation due to and advancement of his/her hip dysplasia to be walking fine and be relatively painless.

I highly doubt that Bambam pain is due to his hips dysplasia, most bulldogs hip dysplasia are NOT arthritic nor painful.

Often the Dr. equates bulldog hip dysplasia with DGD (degenerative joint disease) and osteoarthritis (pain), they are NOT the same. One is an abnormal placement of the dogs “ball & socket” the other is cartilage breakdown, wear & tear of the bone surface, leading to a toxic inflamed joint pain and discomfort.

I posted a photo for you a radiograph showing a bulldog subluxation due to severe dysplasia, even this bulldog is walking fine and is relatively painless. I will need to see the radiographs, please ask your vet to also take spinal and knees radiographs.

Answer for Bulldog and French Bulldog Hip dysplasia and Surgery, I would suspect knee problems (ACL tears) or spinal problem (radicular pain, nerve root compression, lumbar-sacral disease, etc.)

Answer for Bulldog and French Bulldog Hip dysplasia and Surgery, I rarely if ever recommend hip surgery (FHO, Triple osteotomy etc.) for bulldog hip dysplasia. If your bulldog or French bulldog was suspected or diagnosed with some degree of bulldog hip dysplasia I would begin some preventive measures such as:

  • Weight Control
  • Modified Activities avoiding stairs, and activities involved acute weight loading twisting and turning.
  • Joint Supplements like my V4B Total Joint Plus and V4B EFA Fish Oil for Joint & Skin.

Answer for Bulldog and French Bulldog Hip dysplasia and Surgery, if your bulldog or French bulldog was suspected or diagnosed with arthritis and pain due to bulldog hip dyspasia  I would begin some nonsurgical pain management measures such as

Feel free to send me the radiographs I mentioned

Best of luck to BamBam and you
Dr. Kraemer Vet4Bulldog

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