14 May Hip Dysplasia
Hip Dysplasia is a malformed hip socket causing an improperly formed hip joint, where the joint should be a “snug fit”. Hip Dysplasia is where the joint is “loosely” fit into the socket, causing movement that results in wearing down the joint and hip socket. This can cause severe pain in your dog, and can develop into arthritis or other serious issues.
How Does My Dog Get Hip Dysplasia?
Hip Dysplasia is most often hereditary, however a dog’s lifestyle can play a role in this disease: an overweight dog, over-exercising at a very young age prior to a dog reaching full body growth (jogging with a puppy under 1 years old is a big no-no), as well as any type of physical trauma to the hip area.
How Will I Know If My Dog Has Hip Dysplasia?
Unfortunately, dogs can be very clever in disguising their pain until it worsens. Here are a few things to look for:
- Stiffness and Soreness in the hip area when getting up
- Reluctance to exercise
- Stands Up On Their Hind Legs
- Reluctance to Climb Stairs
- Bunny-Hopping (both back legs are moving together)