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Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease in Dogs

Cost of Treatment: $2,000 to $12,000

What is Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease in Dogs?

Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease of hip joint disintegration occurs when the head of the femur, which is one of the long bones of the hind leg, degenerates progressively.

The hip joint is where the femur and the pelvic griddle articulate when the head of the femur degenerates due to a lack of blood supply, there is joint inflammation, also known as osteoarthritis.

The exact cause of the Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease is unknown. It is a hereditary condition most commonly seen in miniature, toy, and small-breed dogs, who are five to eight months in age.

Symptoms of Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease

  • Gradual onset of lameness (usually over the course of two to three months)
  • Not being to support the bodyweight on the affected limb
  • Pain and depression
  • Wasting of the muscles of the affected limb(s)

Treatment of Legg-Calvé-Perthes Disease in Dogs

Most dogs affected by Legg-Calvé-Perthes disease will need a surgery that consists of removing the affected femur head and reconstructing the hip joint. In addition to surgery, dogs who suffer hip joint disintegration need physical therapy to rehabilitate the affected limb(s).

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