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Freddie fights back

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

There are lots of human health problems that pets can suffer from too!  Many of which are unsurprising such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity - the list goes on.  However, they can sometimes suffer from the more uncommon human diseases too.

10 month old handsome Bichon Frise, Freddie, was seen at our Weston Village branch after he developed a limp.  Resident vets, Will and Lisa, suggested that Freddie see orthopaedic vet, Joe Fox, at our Whitchurch hospital to find out what was causing the problem.  Joe discovered that Freddie was suffering from Legg-Calve-Perthes disease, a condition affecting the blood supply to the hip which ultimately makes the top of the thigh bone disintegrate.  Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is a rare condition usually found in children; however for small dogs and terrier breeds in particular, it is actually quite a common issue!

As you can see in the x-ray, the top of the femur (circled) is not clear and “crumbly” looking where it has started to disintegrate.  In order to treat Freddie’s problem hip, Joe had to perform surgery to trim the top of the thigh bone and help it fit back into the hip joint.  

To aid his recovery after the operation, Freddie has also been undergoing plenty of intensive physiotherapy with our Chartered Physiotherapist, Kelly.  Freddie and his owner Sandra, have become a regular feature at Weston Village Vets and Freddie has certainly made himself at home.

Freddie’s still got some way to go with daily exercises at home and more visits to Kelly but he’s making great progress.  “Freddie is a cheeky chappy who is always pleased to come in to the practice, despite everything he’s been through!” said Lisa from Weston Village, “He’s always very generous with his kisses and cuddles, and we look forward to his visits. Sandra’s extremely dedicated to his treatment and we’re confident he’ll continue to improve”

If you think your pet could benefit from our physiotherapy service with Kelly, visit our referrals website for some more information.


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