Pet Hip Dysplasia

Learn more about our pet hip dysplasia services below!

Pet Hip Dysplasia

Canine hip dysplasia (abnormal development of the hip joint) begins when the hip joint in a young dog becomes loose or unstable. If left undiagnosed and untreated, this instability causes abnormal wear of the hip cartilage and ultimately progresses to osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. Signs of this condition are pain, reluctance to get up or exercise, difficulty climbing stairs, a “bunny-hopping” gait, limping, and lameness, especially after periods of inactivity or exercise.

Hip dysplasia most commonly affects large and giant breed dogs, though smaller dogs can also be affected. Although genetics often play a role in this disorder, young dogs that grow or gain weight too quickly or have too much high-impact exercise are also at risk. Being overweight can also aggravate hip dysplasia.

We can help prevent or slow this condition by monitoring food intake and ensuring your dog gets proper exercise as they age. The earlier we can diagnose hip dysplasia, the better the possible outcome for your dog.

Please call us to discuss your dog’s risk of developing hip dysplasia or to discuss treatment options.