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How do you fix a dislocated dog hip?

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The most effective way to heal the dislocated hip of a dog is to have a veterinarian correct the injury through surgery, according to petMD. A veterinarian may perform a reduction procedure and place the dog in a sling as it heals, according to the Mar Vista Animal Medical Center.

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Owners that find surgery and reduction procedures too expensive can choose to have the dog's leg amputated, as dogs adjust to three-legged lifestyles well, states petMD. As a last resort, the owner can do nothing and wait for the dislocated bone to heal itself by forming a fibrous connection between it and the pelvis, but this a painful option for the dog and one that doesn't work in most cases.

Veterinarians use X-radiation images to determine which treatment method is best for a specific dog's dislocated hip, the Mar Vista Animal Medical Center explains. If the dislocation is confirmed and no other complications with the hip are found, the vet may attempt a non-invasive closed reduction procedure that places the femoral head of the bone back into its correct position without needing to open the joint. The dog has to wear a sling for one to two weeks following the procedure and must remain indoors while in the sling and for between two and four weeks after it's taken off.

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