Diminutive diva, anxious two-year-old Cavapoo Nala, arrives at Fitzpatricks with doting mum and dad Ina and Paul. They've been referred by their local vet in the hope that she can be given a hip replacement.

The Problem

At only ten months she developed a slight limp of her right back leg, caused by hip dysplasia, which has now culminated in extreme stiffness, pain and rendered her almost unable to walk.


The surgery, which is routine for Noel, will involve removing the femoral head, drilling out the arthritic hip socket and implanting a new plastic cup, held in place by surgical cement and small screws for the cement to grip on to, as well as a very small stem and new head for the femur.