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Companion Animal Practice
Decision making in the management of hip luxations in dogs and cats
  1. Andy Moores

    Andy Moores graduated from Bristol in 1996. He spent five years in small animal practice before returning to Bristol to complete a residency in small animal surgery. In 2004, he joined the Royal Veterinary College as a lecturer in small animal orthopaedics. He holds the RCVS diploma in small animal surgery (orthopaedics), and is a diplomate of the European College of Veterinary Surgeons and an RCVS specialist in small animal surgery (orthopaedics).


HIP luxations are the most common traumatic luxations seen in small animal practice, but they can be difficult to manage successfully. The high risk of recurrence following closed reduction means that surgery is often indicated, although it is frequently not clear which of the large number of surgical procedures described is most appropriate. This article presents a logical guide to decision making in the management of hip luxation cases, from diagnosis through to surgical treatment, with those surgical procedures of most value being described in detail.

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