A Bernese mountain dog named Star’s Chasing Moonbeams aka Luna, a Swiss champion show dog, jumped out of the window from a moving car. The dog immediately showed signs of lameness so it was taken for an examination. The radiography showed a fracture to the head of her right femur and it was suggested that she visit an orthopedic surgeon, dr. Denis Marcellin-Little, DEDV, DACVS, DECVS, at the University of California Davis veterinary hospital.
Three options were discussed for Luna’s condition: 1.) cage rest and pain medication and to let the bone heal on its own; 2.) femoral head osteotomy; and 3.) total hip replacement. The owners chose option 3 as the option that will give their dog the best chance to have a normal gait and at the same time will prevent osteoarthritis in the long term.
The surgery took place at UC Davis and involved removing the head of the femur and the implantation of a cup in her pelvis and a stem in her thigh bone. All the implants are titanium made. The surgery was a success and she was able to stand normally and support weight in her right pelvic limb the next day!
Read the whole story and Luna’s recovery process here: https://goo.gl/z6GwvQ