Bundy the Great Dane Cross receives a new hip!
Bomber's supporter, Bundy, is a very friendly 15 month old Great Dane cross who was having a few episodes of pain and lameness in his back leg. After an initial check up and a trial of anti-inflammatory it was necessary to get some x-rays, these confirmed that Bundy had a condition called hip dysplasia (HD), one of the more common conditions we see in large breed dogs.
The hip joint should have a nice snug "ball and socket" type conformation, however in HD the head of the femur (the ball) sits poorly in the acetabulum (the socket) these bones are often miss-shaped which adds to the problems for dogs with HD. The poorly formed joint creates abnormal forces within the joint and leads to early severe degenerative joint disease which is very painful and debilitating.
Bundy had his surgery mid April and is recovering very well. His new hip should last him for life and he can now look forward to a healthy, active and pain-free life.