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Monday, January 17, 2011

"How's The New Hip? Woof! Woof!"

In today's New York Times Sports Section (right under the football playoff scores) is an article entitled: "Joint Replacements Keep Dogs in the Competition." The article quotes several leading veterinarians in the burgeoning field of animal joint replacement. One, Dr. Pamela Schwartz, who specializes in soft tissue and orthopedic surgery, said " Many people treat their dogs as if they were their own children...so when it comes to the health of their dogs, owners are more inclined than ever before to seek out specialized care." Of course, we're like their own children!
 The article says that although hip replacement surgery for larger dogs has been around for a number of decades, "micro-hip replacement for cats and dogs weighing 6- 30 pounds began in the last five years."

Read and enjoy the full article (and see Lili the pug in full agility mode) here: www.nytimes.com/2011/01/17/sports/17dogs.html?ref=sports

 Parental Unit, of course, is delighted with any medical advancement that will help me and all the other faithful companion animals of the world live longer and pain free. She "fondly" recalls the days when her dear departed, Wire fox Terrier, Carson, had the ligaments in both knees replaced by a traveling orthopedic surgeon...and she's hoping (and I've got my paws crossed) that my joints stay just fine for the next, say, 20 years or so.

Unfortunately, this is the extent of my agility training today...


Marianne Pysh said...

I love that there advancements not only in human medicine, but K-9 medicine as well! Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

great story, bocci - thanks & here's hope for all dogs in the future, if ever they need this treatment!

Anonymous said...

Hi Bocci - thanks for your nice comment on my blog:)

My asst. is curious about the ligament replacement surgery... when I hurt my knee, she got the impression that ligaments were not replaced in dogs like they are in humans.

Kristine said...

This is good news. It is wonderful that medical advancements are helping us all humans and animals. I am glad there are som dedicated vets looking into things like this, should a furry friend of mine ever need it it is good to know it is a possibility now. Thanks for writing about this!

meowmeowmans said...

Wow, that's really neat! It's nice to know this is possible for dogs who need it. :)

Diana Chiew said...

This is great news! Just read on Wyatt's blog that his friend, Cooper had an unsuccessful hip surgery and is going to see a specialist this week.

Dewey Dewster said...

Oh Bocci,

Yes it is great that vet medicine has advanced so far but if only the costs were resonable, it could help many more of our four-legged friends.

I see ya like ta relax on the bed like we do.....ain't it a great way ta get yer energy or mojo back?

Dewey Dewster here...

Pup Fan said...

Wow... this is really interesting! Thanks for sharing the link.

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