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Bonzai is a 9 month old Yorkie and she has been diagnosed with Legg-Perthes Disease. She needs help to get her surgery.Can you help Bonzai?

What is it?

* A disease of the hip joint that results in abnormal deformity of the ball of the hip joint
* The disease starts with an insult to the blood supply to the head of the femur bone
* As the blood supply is damaged, the bone dies off
* The bone in the femoral head collapses and the cartilage coating of the femoral head becomes cracked and deformed
* Arthritis or inflammation of the hip joint results, which causes pain and lameness



Cause

* Not completely understood
* Genetics - can be autosomal recessive gene in some dogs
* Injury - compression of the vessels of in the femoral head
* Abnormal sex hormone activity - preconcious
* Because of the potential heritability of this disease, affected dogs should not be bred



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