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Owner assessment of the outcome of total hip arthroplasty in dogs

Carolyn T. SkurlaDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374.

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Erick L. EggerDepartment of Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374.

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Peter D. SchwarzVeterinary Surgical Specialists of New Mexico PC, 511 Alameda Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87114.

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Susan P. JamesDepartment of Mechanical Engineering, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1374.

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Abstract

Objective—To evaluate owners' perceptions of the outcomes of dogs that have undergone total hip arthroplasty (THA).

Design—Survey.

Sample Population—Owners of 145 dogs that had undergone THA.

Procedure—Surveys were mailed to owners of 353 dogs that underwent THA between 1982 and 1996. Owners were asked to answer multiple-choice questions and provide written comments.

Results—The response rate was 41%. For owners who responded to the survey, time from surgery to completion of the questionnaire ranged from 6 months to 11 years. Overall, 122 respondents (84.1%) rated results of THA in their dog as excellent or good.

Conclusion and Clinical Relevance—Results suggest that owners are generally satisfied with the results of THA in their dogs. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2000;217:1010–1012)

Abstract

Objective—To evaluate owners' perceptions of the outcomes of dogs that have undergone total hip arthroplasty (THA).

Design—Survey.

Sample Population—Owners of 145 dogs that had undergone THA.

Procedure—Surveys were mailed to owners of 353 dogs that underwent THA between 1982 and 1996. Owners were asked to answer multiple-choice questions and provide written comments.

Results—The response rate was 41%. For owners who responded to the survey, time from surgery to completion of the questionnaire ranged from 6 months to 11 years. Overall, 122 respondents (84.1%) rated results of THA in their dog as excellent or good.

Conclusion and Clinical Relevance—Results suggest that owners are generally satisfied with the results of THA in their dogs. (J Am Vet Med Assoc 2000;217:1010–1012)