I took Maggie out for a run just a bit ago. 26-27 mph! The Husky does about 22-23. Skeeter? Not so much He does have a bad hip, tho. Apparantely, he broke his hip at some point. Given his young age, and the fact that it doesn't slow him down much, a surgeon that looked at the x-ray said it's o.k to leave it......for now. But, at some point it needs fixing. There's a procedure that's done on Shephards and other breeds that have hip problems. FHO it's called. $1700- 2200.00 Yikes
What is Femoral Head Osteotomy (FHO) Surgery for Dogs?
A femoral head osteotomy, also referred to as a femoral head ostectomy or FHO, is the surgical removal of the head and neck of the femur. In simpler terms, it is the removal of the “ball” part of the ball-and-socket that makes up the hip joint. This way, the bones of the joint are no longer in contact, which eliminates the pain that is caused by the abnormal contact of the bones in a dog with hip dysplasia or severe osteoarthritis. This procedure is usually used as a last resort or salvage procedure in dogs with severe hip dysplasia that are not candidates for a total hip replacement. It is also used to treat dogs with Legg Calve Perthes Disease. Once the femoral head and neck are removed, the surrounding muscles and developing scar tissue work to support the area, and act as a false joint. This means that now when the limb is moved, the forces are transferred to the pelvis rather than the leg itself. The FHO Surgery is a fairly simple procedure in that minimal equipment is required, and no implants are needed. The procedure causes the leg to be slightly shorter than the unaffected leg, although amazingly, most dogs return to close to normal activity after the surgery.