Scruffy, a neutered male long-haired Chihuahua was seen in January 2009 for a left rear
leg lameness of 1 ½ months duration that was getting progressively worse. Radiographs
(x-rays) showed a severely arthritic left hip joint. A surgical procedure called a Femoral
Head Osteotomy was performed to eliminate the bone-on-bone contact that was causing
the arthritic pain in February 2009.
Within a month Scruffy was chasing a ball, bearing full weight on the surgically treated leg
and had no signs of lameness or discomfort. Check out a video of Scruffy playing catch
with an automatic ball thrower three years post-surgery on our Facebook page!