"This is also known as aseptic necrosis of the femoral head. Toy and small breeds, particularly Toy Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, Pugs, Jack Russell Terriers, and Dachshunds can be affected. Hip pain is usually seen by the age of 6 to 8 months. The disease is bilateral in 12 to 16 percent of cases. X-rays are necessary to make the diagnosis and show increased opacity and focal lysis in the head of the femur, and later in the disease, collapse and fracture of the neck of the femur. The recommended treatment is surgical removal of the head of the femur, but conservative treatment (rest, exercise restriction, and pain medication) may be effective in a limited number of cases (less than 25 percent, according to some studies). The prognosis is excellent with surgery."
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[QUESTION] 10/05/2009: Charlane from Lakefield, Ont: "I have a little pomeranian dog one year old who has Legg Perthese disease in her left hip and also has Patella problems in her right leg, limping half the time. She is on a meds from the vets, may need two operations, but want to get her off meds and onto something healthier for her if I can. Can anyone help with this, who know of remedies I could try that would be alot better for her so she may not need these expensive operations, that I cannot afford. We could really use some help. If you have any success stories please post under Arthritis. Thank you so much."