Hip Dysplasia In Dogs
There are several conditions that dogs are prone to. Both large dogs and small are prone to a condition called hip dysplasia. This condition is painful, and it can reduce your dog's quality of life.
What Is Canine Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a skeletal condition that often occurs in large or giant breed dogs. It is possible for small breeds to develop hip dysplasia; however, it is not as common in small dogs as it is in large dogs. In dogs, the hip joints work as a ball and socket. Dogs who have hip dysplasia have a ball and socket that don't fit properly. Rather than the hips moving smoothly, they ill rub and grind. Over time, this can cause deterioration of the joint.
What Causes Hip Dysplasia?
There are a few factors that put a dog at risk for hip dysplasia.
- Genetics: This condition often runs in families.
- Breed: Certain breeds are predisposed to this condition. Great Danes, Saint Bernards, Labrador Retrievers, and German Shepherds often develop this condition.
- Poor diet and no exercise: Dogs who don't eat right and don't get enough exercise are prone to hip dysplasia.
- Obesity: Dogs who are obese have excess pressure put on their joints. Over time, this can cause hip dysplasia.
What Are the Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia?
The symptoms of hip dysplasia can show up as early as four-months-old. The symptoms include:
- Pain and stiffness in the joint
- Decreased range of motion
- Difficult running, jumping, and climbing stairs
- Lameness in the hind legs
- Narrow stance
- Loss of muscle mass in the thighs
How Is Hip Dysplasia Treated?
If your veterinarian diagnoses your dog with hip dysplasia, there are a few treatments available.
- Diet to get your dog to a healthy weight
- Exercise should only be performed on soft surfaces
- Physical therapy
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Joint fluid modifiers
Contact Venetian Pet Hospital Today!
If you suspect that your dog has hip dysplasia, you should schedule an appointment with Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton. The veterinarian at our animal hospital can evaluate your dog to determine if he has the condition. If so, we can create a treatment plan during your visit to our veterinary clinic to improve his quality of life.