Legg-Perthes

Description: Also known as Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease. A degenerative disease of the hip joint, in which a decreased blood supply leads to the destruction of the head of the femur bone. There is no known cause of this debilitating disease but it is associated to reduced blood flow in the joint.

Symptoms: Typical symptoms are limping or carrying affected limb(s), pain when moving hip joint, and progressive lameness.

Diagnosis: After gathering a medical history of the dog’s symptoms, the veterinarian will often conduct a physical examination and radiograph of the hip.

Treatment: Pain killers and ice treatments are used to treat the dog’s lameness. In order to fully treat the disease, surgery followed by physical therapy is recommended. After recovery, regular exercise is important to help the animal heal properly.

Treatment can cost several hundred dollars

Breeds prone to Legg-Perthes include: