Saturday, August 22, 2020

3400. Hip dislocation in Dogs: Cavalier King Charles, Border Collie and Poodle


Hip dislocation may be treated by using an Ehmer Sling or by Surgery (FHO). The Cavalier King Charles and Poodle were treated with an Ehmer Sling.

The big breed Border Collie was treated with surgery which is called femoral head osteotomy (FHO) or femoral head excision to create a false joint without pain.

In this way, the dog can walk almost normally without limping or dragging the dislocated foot. However the cost quoted by Singapore vets varies from S$2,000 - $4,000.

1. NO SURGERY - Ehmer Sling at Toa Payoh Vets

FINAL VIDEO:  Hip dislocation of a Cavalier King Charles - EHMER SLING.
(Error in the title: Hip dysplasia of a Cavalier King Charles).

Physical examination locate site of lameness. X-rays show the dislocation of the left hip. (Error in the video filename: "Dysplasia" is incorrect. The correct name should be dislocation). This video shows the discussion of the treatment of hip dislocation with an intern. There was no surgery.

  1. SURGERY – Femoral Head Excision at Toa Payoh Vets.

    The Border Collie had surgery (FHO) and follow up one year later showed that he is walking and running almost normally. That means he is not limping or dragging his foot. The owner is pleased with the outcome.

Videos are at: Surgery: FHO

1. A Border Collie has hip dislocation comes to Toa Payoh Vets. The dog had successfully recovered after FHO but the treatment video is not shown here

A Border Collie after FHO one year later. The owner was happy with the outcome as the dog was not lame.

 3. NO SURGERY – Ehmer Sling AT ANOTHER VET. NOV 2022 CASE STUDY by Dr Sing Kong Yuen.

The sling was removed as the dog was licking her inner thigh around Day 7
after the application of the sling.

The Elastoplast gluing the sling bandages had cut into the
skin between the thigh and abdomen, resulting in a triangular skin wound of
1.5 inches wide. The dog was licking it furiously, stools had soiled this area and there

was a rancid sour smell of skin infections.

The dog is on painkillers, antibiotics and skin washes. As at 19 Nov, the owner said the dog is eating and drinking, able to squat and pee by herself and pooped normally unlike constipation for the first 7 days of the sling.

This poodle case details are at:


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