Hip Dysplasia In Dogs – Symptoms & Diagnosis

Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

Hip dysplasia in dogs is a hip related disease in dogs which deforms the ball and socket joint. A normal ball and socket joint works smoothly but it in this disease, the ball portion doesn’t meets properly with the socket which results in grinding and rubbing instead of smooth contact. Though hip dysplasia in dogs isn’t a life threatening disease, it surely affects the quality of life. Lets dive deep into the disease, its symptoms and how can it be diagnosed and treated.

What is Canine Hip Dysplasia In Dogs?

Hip Dysplasia In DogsThe hip portion of dog is made of ball and socket which smoothly comes in contact for hip and leg movement. Simply speaking, hip dysplasia is the failure of hip’s joint development and it is one of very common diseases in dogs. Usually the big sized dogs are more likely to face this problem. Following are the few dog breeds that are most commonly affected by Hip Dysplasia.

  • Great Dane
  • Sain Bernard
  • German Shepherd
  • Labrador

Hip Dysplasia In Puppies

Hip Dysplasia in dogs may start at very early age, while they are immature and young. And if not taken seriously it may develop into osteoarthritis. One of the main reason of hip dysplasia in dogs is neutering or spaying them at a wrong age (and by wrong age I mean early age).

Hip Dysplasia Symptoms In Dogs

Early Signs include

  • Joint Looseness
  • Laxity

Later stage signs include

  • Joint Degeneration
  • Osteoarthritis

Hip Dysplasia In DogsGeneral Symptoms related to Hip Dysplasia in dogs.

  • Decreased activity
  • Difficulty in rising
  • Hesitation in running and jumping
  • Grating while joint’s movement
  • Decreased muscle mass in thigh muscles
  • Causes of Hip Dysplasia In Dogs
  • Genetic
  • Rapid Weight gain
  • Obesity
  • Spaying/Neutering at Wrong age
  • Nutritional deficiencies

Diagnosis Of Hip Dysplasia

X-rays play an important part to visually see the signs of hip dysplasia. Your vet would also do a blood chemical profile test and urinalysis. Make sure you provide complete medical history to your vet, as it can help the vet understand the reason behind the disease.

Treatment of Hip Dysplasia

Most of the times dogs suffering from hip dysplasia are treated as outpatient basis for a specific period of time. But your vet may recommend to perform a surgery for the treatment. The decision for surgery depends upon the age, size and the condition of the pet. Moreover, it greatly depends upon the cost of the surgery and whether you can afford it or not.

Weight control is the essential part of the recovery from this disease, less weight puts lesser pressure on the joints and eases off the joints as they don’t have to carry any extra weight. Your vet will suggest some specific exercises that are not too hard on the joints but good enough to keep the dog healthy and active.

If your pet is diagnosed from hip dysplasia, it would be a bad option to breed them, it would only pass it to the off springs.



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Hi, I am Jeni Peterson and I’m a graduate of Florida Medical College with a degree in Rehab Work. Our sole motive is to provide “Quality Information” to the online community seeking answers to their everyday issues related to pets.