Understanding Canine Hip Dysplasia

Understanding canine hip dysplasia

Canine hip dysplasia is a disease that is genetically transmitted, most commonly among large breed dogs, in which the joints develop abnormally. It is commonly formed when the leg bone slides out of a shallow pelvic socket, causing painful friction.

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 likely to result in a dog developing 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:
  • St. Bernard
  • German Shepherd
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Golden Retriever
  • Rottweiler
Prevent canine hip dysplasia
  • Avoid breeding dogs with hip dysplasia, as it is a genetically inherited disease.
  • Keep your dog at a healthy weight with exercise.
  • Do not overfeed your dog because extra weight causes additional strain on your dog's joints.
  • Feed a lean diet, with dog food that is high in vitamins and nutrients.
Pharmacy tip

Daily exercise plays a significant role in preventing and managing canine hip dysplasia. Consult your veterinarian for an exercise routine that is suitable for your dog.