Hip Dysplasia

Canine hip dysplasia (abnormal development of the hip joint) begins when the hip joint in a young dog becomes loose or unstable. If left undiagnosed and untreated, this instability causes abnormal wear of the hip cartilage and ultimately progresses to osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. Signs of this condition are pain, reluctance to get up or exercise, difficulty climbing stairs, a “bunny-hopping” gait, limping, and lameness, especially after periods of inactivity or exercise.

Hip dysplasia most commonly affects large- and giant-breed dogs; however, smaller dogs can also be affected. Although genetics often play a role in this disorder, young dogs that grow or gain weight too quickly or get too much high-impact exercise are also at risk. Being overweight can aggravate hip dysplasia.

We can help prevent or slow this condition by monitoring food intake and ensuring that your dog gets proper exercise as he or she ages. We can also screen your dog for hip dysplasia, using one of two methods. The earlier we can diagnose hip dysplasia, the better the possible outcome for your dog.

OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) Certification:

We can x-ray your dog’s hips for hip dysplasia at 2 years of age. We will forward these radiographs to the OFA, where board-certified radiologists will evaluate and grade your dog’s hips for OFA certification. Correct positioning of your dog is essential for proper radiographic evaluation, so a general anesthetic is required to make the procedure less stressful for him or her.

Please call us to discuss your dog’s risk of developing hip dysplasia, to schedule a screening, or to discuss treatment options.

 

Doctors Appointment Hours

 

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
9:00 am to 4:00 pm

 

Wednesday – Surgery Day


The hours listed below are the general office hours to pick up medication and/or food.

 

Hospital Hours 

Monday, Tuesday & Thursday
9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Wednesday

9:00 am to 2:00 pm

Friday
9:00 am to 6:00 pm


Saturday & Sunday

Closed

 COVID -19 Procedure

We all agree that our pets are a family member(s).

When they need to see a doctor, we can’t rest until they have the care they deserve.

This is why Dr. Royster will be available for his  patients needs.

The following Steps must be taken to keep you and our Team safe from exposure.

Call our hospital and  make an appointment.

When you arrive, go to  our back parking lot . Please park facing our back door and call our phone number,

610-525-1211,

we can send a staff member out.

Staff members will be gloved & masked.

We ask that you please wear a mask and gloves. 

 Please  remain in your car in  our parking lot.

 Dr. Royster   will call your cell with his diagnose and treatment plan and answer any questions you may have.

 Payment will be done over the phone.

We accept all credit cards or Debt card.

We no longer take cash or checks for payment.

These steps will be followed if you are picking up medication and/or food.

Stay safe and well

 Thank you,

Dr.Royster 

 

 


 

Haverford Animal Hospital

 

Starting On June 1, 2020, Haverford Animal Hospital re-opens Our Boarding Services.
Please call 610-525-1211 for more information.