Reggie, the pint sized Chihuahua!
Reggie with his new hip
Earlier this year, Reggie, a pint-sized and very handsome long-haired chihuahua, was referred to Christchurch Veterinary Referrals for the treatment of a right hind lameness. His usual veterinary practice in Brantham had detected significant pain in his right hip and had taken X-rays accordingly. These revealed that the femoral head or the “ball” of the hip joint had withered away and that as a consequence of this his right hip was persistently painful. Alas, Reggie was only seven months of age and therefore had his whole life ahead of him.
The condition that Reggie suffered from was Legg-Perthes disease, a condition also seen occasionally in children where the femoral head loses its blood supply. This condition was formerly managed in dogs via removal of the femoral head, although the function of the affected limb was permanently impaired due to limb shortening and stiffness following this surgery. Thankfully, recent innovations in total hip replacement technology have allowed dogs such as Reggie, weighing a diminutive 2.8kg, to receive an artificial hip. Christchurch Veterinary Referrals was one of the first practices in the UK to apply this technology to tiny dogs.
Since his hip replacement surgery Reggie hasn't looked backed. His owner is thrilled with how well he has done. She reports “Shane and his team are absolute miracle workers, Reggie is like a brand new dog, nothing was too much trouble, reassuring and professional throughout, would highly recommend. Can't thank you all enough”.