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Does My Dog Have Hip Dysplasia? What Should I Do?

Does My Dog Have Hip Dysplasia? What Should I Do?

Hip dysplasia is the single most common inherited orthopaedic problem in dogs. 

Early signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia in your dog:

  • Being reluctant to exercise, or a wobbly or swaying gait
  • A bunny-hopping gait (using both hind legs together)
  • Stiffness, lameness or limping, particularly in the hind legs
  • Difficulty in getting up or lying down, as well as difficulty in going up or down stairs or jumping
  • Skinny hips, a sign of a lack of muscle and weakness in the hindquarters
  • Pain or sensitivity in the hip area
  • Audible clicking or popping sounds in the hip joint

Hip dysplasia is where abnormalities occur in the hip joint(s) while your dog is young. These abnormalities are related to the shape of the hip, ball and socket and the development of arthritis/osteoarthritis.

Vet examination

If you think that your dog might have hip dysplasia, it is important that you take them to your vet to be properly assessed. This should involve a physical examination and x-rays, to help determine the level of dysplasia present. An x-ray is the only definitive way of diagnosing hip dysplasia. Once hip dysplasia is confirmed, the x-rays will be examined to determine severity. Once this is known you and your vet can discuss and form the most appropriate treatment plan for your individual dog.

The severity of hip dysplasia can vary from a poorly shaped hip joint with osteoarthritis (a common form of arthritis) to a very deformed hip joint with advanced and very painful osteoarthritis.

Treatment options

Treatment options very depending on the severity of the hip dysplasia and the level of pain your dog is experiencing from it. Sadly, once a dog has developed hip dysplasia, it cannot be reversed and so treatment and management is either surgical or conservative (non-surgical).

Read more on hip dysplasia treatments here

Further reading

Read more about Dog Hip Dysplasia Causes, Prevention and How to Help at home 

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