Hip dysplasia is a disease that is genetically transmitted, most commonly among large breeds, in which the joints develop abnormally. It is commonly formed when the leg bone slides out of a shallow pelvic socket, causing painful friction.
Canine hip dysplasia may occur in one or both hips, and can eventually lead to a dislocation of the hip. Pressure placed on the damaged joint strains the surrounding cartilage, causing inflammation of the joint and is likely to result in arthritis.
Symptoms of hip dysplasia in dogs:
Trouble rising or running
Back legs kept close together
Noticeably short stride
Preference of one side or limb to another
Hopping when walking
Breeds predisposed to hip dysplasia:
You should avoid breeding dogs with hip dysplasia, as it is a genetically inherited disease.
Keep your pet at a healthy weight with exercise.
Do not overfeed because extra weight causes additional strain on your pet's joints. Feed a lean diet, with pet food that is high in vitamins and nutrients.