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A Summary of Basic Information about Dog Hip Dysplasia

Dog Hip Dysplasia is a serious condition that is sometimes neglected by few pet owners. We see some people who do not seem to be bothered at all looking at their pets having difficulty rising and walking; considering it to be just a simple illness that the dog can live by. However, when not treated immediately, this would make the dog cripple. When that happens, some owners would have the feeling of regret for having a dog that they could not play with. Therefore, as a pet owner, you must realize that just like humans dogs can be prone to some illnesses that would need immediate care and attention. Any abnormality observed in the dog’s hind legs calls for a thorough examination by a veterinarian.

Major cause of hip dysplasia in dogs is genetic in nature. Obviously, when the dam and sire have a history of hip dysplasia, then its puppy will be born with its disease. Sometimes, it shows as early as 5 months old, while others develop it towards adulthood.

While genetics is a key factor of dog hip dysplasia, environmental factors will also increase the risk for such disease. Since large breed dogs are prone to this, it is mandatory for pet owners to ensure that their dogs refrain from having a diet extremely rich in protein, fats, and calories. It is also essential that the dog follows a regular exercise routine, or simply energetic activities outside the home to avoid obesity.

Signs and Symptoms
The most obvious signs seen in dogs with hip dysplasia associated with pain or malformation of the hip joints are:

  • Bunny hopping
  • Side sitting
  • Sway walking
  • Limping
  • Abnormal Lying Position
  • Overdeveloped torso
  • Underdeveloped Hind Quarters

Breeds Prone to Hip Dysplasia

  • German Shepherd
  • St. Bernard
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Great Dane
  • Beagle
  • American Bulldog
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Rottweiler
  • Shih Tzu
  • Bloodhound