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Injured and aging dogs receive joint replacements

Hip replacements aren't just for people anymore. Dogs who have joint pain can received hip, elbow and knee replacements, allowing them to run and play without pain, according to the New York Times.

Dr. Melvyn Pond performed a total hip replacement on a show dog named Lily. The 9-year-old pooch has now recovered and is able to continue showcasing her skills for admiring audiences.

"She's doing very well," Pond told the news source about Lily. "For her to be able to run, jump and climb again is pretty exciting news."

Other pooches that may benefit from these surgeries include service dogs and police K9 units. Additionally, pets who aren't working animals can receive the treatments to help them cope with aching joints.

The news source reports that the cost of replacement surgery is typically around $5,000 plus the cost of physical therapy that is sometimes needed during the animal's recovery period. Approximate 200 dogs have received the surgery from Pond and his associates.

According to DogPro.com, common causes of joint pain in dogs include injury, lack of nutrition, obesity and genetics. Animals who seem to be exhibiting pain in their joints should be evaluated by a veterinarian.
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