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What Are The First Signs of Hip Dysplasia In Dogs?

What Are The First Signs of Hip Dysplasia In Dogs?

Damage to your dogs hip joint(s) is thought to occur during a puppy’s most rapid growth at 14-26 weeks of age however generally symptom onset and diagnosis occurs at 6-12 months of age. Some dogs with a mild form of the condition, won’t show signs until they are much older however and have developed arthritis of the hips.

Symptoms of hip dysplasia in dogs usually start while they are growing and can vary depending on severity of the condition.

The most common signs of hip dysplasia in dogs are:

  • 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

Although symptoms of hip dysplasia can really differ, it does not usually present as acute pain. Your dog is unlikely to yelp for example, pain is more likely to be the dull, continuous type although they can get sharper pain on manual manipulation by your vet for example.

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

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