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My Labrador Retriever Has Hip Dysplasia. What Should I Do?

My Labrador Retriever Has Hip Dysplasia. What Should I Do?

If your Labrador has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia you should always seek advice from your vet as to the most appropriate treatment option. Whether this is surgical or conservative (non-surgical).

You can read more about treatments here https://zoomadog.co.uk/blogs/blog/faq-hip-dog-dysplasia-what-to-do

High risk dog breeds

Certain breeds are much more likely to develop hip dysplasia. Usually these are larger breed dogs although it is also found in smaller dogs too. High risk Breeds include Labradors, Retrievers, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Newfoundlands and Bernese Mountain dogs. 

Hip score

When breeding from any dog which is a larger breed or known to be at risk of hip dysplasia you should always have their hips x-rayed and then scored with a ‘hip score’. Only if this hip score is sufficiently low as well as the hip score of the other breeding partner, should you breed. In this way it is hoped that eventually hip dysplasia can be reduced or even eliminated. Not dog who has ever been diagnosed or treated for hip dysplasia should be bred from.

Read more about Dog Hip Dysplasia Causes, Prevention and How to Help at home https://zoomadog.co.uk/collections/dog-hip-dysplasia-braces-signs-and-treatment 

Previous article Cara is a 14 year old German Shepherd. She regularly sees the vet and has rear knuckling linked to the typical GSD weak hips / neuropathy and some osteoarthritis. What would you recommend?
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