Hip dysplasia in Great Pyrenees and other large breed dogs is more common than
most breeders like to admit, but it can be corrected with hip replacement
Large breeds such as Pyrs, German Shepherds, Malamutes, Newfoundlands, Great
Danes and other large breeds often experience severe hip dysplasia for a variety
Our Lilly Belle was diagnosed with severe hip dysplasia as a puppy, and we
elected for surgery in December 2008.
This video shows Lilly laying on the floor a few days before her hip replacement
surgery. You can plainly see that it is not easy for her to rise from a prone
position and as she approaches the stairs, she pauses as if she knows this
action will hurt.
As she slowly climbs the stairs you can see how she compensates for the weak hip
and uses a combination of hops and staggered leg dragging to reach the top.
Lilly was diagnosed when she was two and we were told to watch her carefully. After
she was about three and 1/2 years old, our veterinarian told us that if were
were going to consider hip replacement surgery we should do it before she was
much older. Other complications could arise that could negate a hip
replacement. The stress to her knees could cause problems or the hips
themselves might degrade to the point that a replacement would be out of the
The Veterinarian we chose
local Vet told us that specialized surgical procedures were performed in two
areas in this part of the country; Pullman, WA and in Great Falls, MT.
After consulting with Dr. Rick Scherr, founder of
Big Sky Animal Medical
Center in Great Falls, we decided to let his staff do the surgery.
After the surgery
entire staff at Big
SkyAnimalMedicalCenter is made up of professional and
caring people. They know that anyone who is willing to spend thousands of
dollars on a pet's surgery is devoted to that pet and they share your concerns
with compassionate attention. They would call us every day and report on
Lilly's progress and they even emailed us photos when asked. The pic at
right shows Lilly after the surgery; the towel is used to assist the dog when
getting up and walking.
These x-rays show the new hip post-surgery (will open
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