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VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley Surgery Department performs Total Hip Replacement (THR) as a treatment for coxofemoral joint disease as a means of restoring normal joint function and to eliminate pain.

THR is a highly successful procedure that is used in patients ranging from 5 months to 16 years of age. The procedure can be performed in animals ranging from 5 to 180lbs and and has been performed in 99 breeds to date. THR materials are available in sixteen sizes to insure a custom fit for each dog or cat.

The most common indication for THR is hip dysplasia with secondary arthritis. However, other indications include hip luxation, capital physeal fractures, femoral neck fractures, mal-union of acetabular fractures, femoral fractures with secondary arthritis, pain following previously performed femoral head and neck ostectomy, and rarely neoplasia.

Dogs that receive THR can lead a normal life. The few exceptions include avoiding very strenuous exercise such as catching Frisbees, fly ball competition, racing, exhausting hunts in rugged terrain, and pulling heavy loads.


At VCA Veterinary Specialists of the Valley, we are proud to offer state-of-the-art Surgical services.

We have a team of highly skilled doctors and technicians in providing your special pet comprehensive Surgical care with state of the art diagnostic capabilities, operating rooms, anesthetic monitoring and 24 hour intensive care.

Soft Tissue Surgery

  • Laryngeal surgery
  • Lung and thoracic surgery
  • Liver and gastrointestinal surgery
  • Kidney and urogenital surgery
  • Reconstructive surgery for wounds
  • Laparoscopy / Thoracoscopy
  • Laparoscopy for examination and biopsies of abdominal problems without open surgery


  • Intervertebral disc disease
  • Wobblers syndrome
  • Spinal fractures and tumors
  • Brain tumors
  • Myelography for spinal problems

Cancer Surgery

  • Limb salvage operations
  • Head and neck cancer surgery
  • Abdominal and thoracic mass removals
  • Feline fibrosarcoma

Emergency Surgery

Our surgeons are always on call for emergencies. We routinely perform the following emergency surgeries:

  • Gastric dilatation and volvulus
  • Intestinal obstruction
  • Gastric foreign bodies
  • Uterine infection
  • Cesarean section
  • Traumatic abdominal and thoracic wounds
  • Bleeding splenic masses


Post-operative care of your special pet after his or her discharge is essential to making a full recovery. The following instructions will give you guidelines on how to care for your pet after surgery. If you have any questions or concerns, please call a member of our surgical team.

Our Surgery Services

Advanced Anesthetic Monitoring
Bone and Joint Surgery
Bone Biopsy
Brain and Spinal Surgery

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