04-16-2016, 10:07 PM
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Definitely agree with a referral to a specialist. I worked in the veterinary medicine field for a year as a vet tech in the US. We had many clients come to us for a second opinion on a joint issue, and it was honestly scary to see how some vets would offer to do certain operations instead of referring out to a surgeon. One in particular was a boxer with a torn CCL. This vet offered to do a largely outdated surgery that has a very high rate of failure in dogs that size. Fortunately, we were able to divert that and get them to a specialist to have a modern TPLO performed by a skilled surgeon.
I'm not sure about the UK, but in the US, our veterinary board of medicine frowns on general practice vets doing such surgeries unless it's a last ditch effort to save the dog or provide better quality of life/ease suffering. IE, the owner cannot afford a specialist or lacks the ability to travel to one. And the owner has to be fully informed that a specialist is their best option.
Anyway, good luck....Hip displaysia is no fun at all, especially when your dog is so young
I hope you find a solution!