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Companion Animal Practice
Decision making in the managemnent of canine hip dysplasia
  1. Andrew Coughlan

    Andrew Coughlan is a 1986 Liverpool graduate. He spent four years in general practice and then three years as resident in small animal surgery at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. He is currently completing a PhD in the department of veterinary pathology at Liverpool University. His research work is in the field of proteolytic enzymes and his clinical interests are spinal surgery and orthopaedic salvage procedures.


CANINE hip dysplasia is an abnormal development of the hip joint. Despite efforts to reduce its incidence by radiographic screening and controlled breeding programmes, it is still a common clinical problem. Whether dealing with a young dog with lax, subluxating hips or an adult animal with advanced osteoarthritis, the same dilemma often faces the clinician - will surgery benefit the patient and, if so, which procedure is most appropriate?

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