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Hip Dysplasia

Venetian Pet Hospital Offers Treatment For Canine Hip Dysplasia

Dogs are prone to develop orthopedic problems, such as hip dysplasia, which causes complications in the hip joints. A number of treatment options are available to animals that develop this troublesome condition. At Venetian Pet Hospital in Stockton, CA, we offer treatment of canine hip dysplasia.


What Is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is commonly an inherited condition. It is more prevalent in large breeds, such as Great Danes, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers. However, it can also occur in small or medium-sized dogs. In hip dysplasia, the ball and socket of the hip joint do not fit together, which results in pain and problems with movement. Poor nutrition during development, obesity, and excessive exercise can worsen the condition.

Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia

You may notice your dog swaying when he or she walks, walk in a “bunny hop" gait, or have weakness in one or both of the legs. Your animal may have tenderness in the hip area, have difficulty rising from a laying down position, or be unwilling to play or climb stairs. You may also notice clicking sounds coming from the hip joint as the dog walks. These are signs your dog should be evaluated for hip dysplasia from a veterinarian.

Diagnosis of Hip Dysplasia

If hip dysplasia is suspected by physical examination, your vet may order x-rays and CT scan to determine the condition of the hip joints. The severity of the damage will help your veterinarian to decide on the right treatment for your pet.

Treatment for Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Weight management, joint supplements, and anti-inflammatory medications can relieve problems associated with hip dysplasia. The right kind of exercise is important for strengthening muscles and preserving joint function. Surgery can help improve hip function. In severe cases, hip replacement may be necessary. With careful management during recovery, along with physical therapy, most dogs do well after hip surgery.

Seek Veterinary Care for Hip Dysplasia

Our veterinarians and staff at Venetian Pet Hospital are committed to providing quality veterinary care for all their patients in Stockton, CA, and nearby communities. We offer a variety of vet services, including wellness care, parasite prevention, vaccinations, diagnostics, surgery, dental care, and cold laser therapy. Call our vet team today at 209-477-3926 to have your pet examined and to learn about our treatment options for hip dysplasia.