Ophelia, our toy poodle began limping when she was around nine (9) months old and we thought she pulled a muscle or twisted her leg during one of her favorite play time activities (tug of war). Sadly, her limp continued to worsen and after two weeks, we finally conceded and took her to our veterinary for an exam. Once there, our Veterinarian conducted tests and x-rays and determined that both her hind femoral heads were severely damaged and diagnosed Ophelia with Legg–Calve–Perthes syndrome.
Legg-Calve-Perthes syndrome is a disease of the hip joint that results in abnormal deformity of the ball of the hip joint and starts with an insult to the blood supply to the head of the femur bone. As the blood supply is damaged, the bone dies off leading to the bone in the femoral head to collapse and the cartilage coating of the femoral head becomes cracked and deformed. This leads to arthritis or inflammation of the hip joint causing pain and lameness in the affected legs. The cause is not completely understood however the treatment is a femoral head and neck excision with an excellent prognosis. (Degner, 2004) Sadly Ophelia had the issue with both her legs and required a double Femoral Head Ostectomy (FHO) which is expensive and painful.
We scheduled the surgery for both her legs and once the surgery was completed, our Veterinarian and the Orthopedic Surgeon signed the claim form and their office sent the claim and all of Ophelia’s medical records to Healthy Paws. He