Beautiful Brea the Mastiff puppy recently underwent day surgery at Pascoe Vale Vet to have two very important surgical procedures performed - Spey (desexing) and Juvenile Pelvic Symphysiodesis (JPS)
Juvenile Pelvic Symphysiodesis (JPS) surgery is a relative new and innovative procedure that is performed in puppies less than 20 weeks old (ideally 16 weeks), with the aim of this minor surgery being to improve the hip conformation of dog breeds at risk of Hip Dysplasia.
Hip Dysplasia is a commongenetic condition of large breed dogs, in which there is excess ‘laxity’ in the hip joints. What this basically means is that there is a poor fit between the ball and socket of the hip joint which overtime can lead to cripplying lameness and arthritis in the hind limbs.
The JPS surgery can significantly improve the Hip conformation of at risk breeds by altering the development of the pelvis resulting in a tighter fit of the ‘ball and socket’ of the hip.
Since the timing of the JPS procedure coincides perfectly with the time at which we recommend puppies to be sterilised, Brea's mum elected to have both these procedures - the desexing and JPS - performed at the same time.
If you have a large breed puppy and would like to discuss your options please do not hesitate to book an appointment to talk to one of our vets.