Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

By: SA Perillo

A painful, paralyzing disease that makes dog’s hips to weaken, break down in deterioration resulting to becoming arthritic. Hip Dysplasia in dogs may be one of the serious problems you and your four-legged best friend may undergo as it is both heartbreaking for the dog and to the dog owner. Hip Dysplasia roots from an abnormal hip joint development in which the head of the femur does not properly fit into the socket. Indeed this ball and socket type of joint that houses pain could cause severe and disabling arthritis.

Male dogs are reported to have Hip Dysplasia than female dogs; and it is more often present in dogs that are larger and giant in breed. Overweight dogs are also more prone to Hip Dysplasia as it would be hard for them to carry their bodies. German Shepherds, Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and Rottweiler’s are just some of the breeds that have Hip Dysplasia as predisposed disease. Young developing and maturing dogs acquire Hip Dysplasia. Younger dogs in their three to twelve months old start to experience the symptoms of Hip Dysplasia as the condition gradually starts to develop. Among the symptom dog owners may watch out for in detecting Hip Dysplasia are the following: diminished muscle mass in legs, clicking sounds in their joints while they walk or move, intolerance to exercise and other tiring activities, changes in jumping behavior, bunny-hopping walk, abnormal walking, difficulty rising, unwillingness to jump or run, discomforts in standing up and sitting down, staggering, and one leg lameness.

Diagnosis of Hip Dysplasia may be through the following: radiographs and x-rays as this could confirm dysplastic in the hip joint and the degree of dysplasia and the level of arthritis associated with it. When you bring your dog to the veterinary clinic, the veterinarian would ask your dog to walk to examine lameness especially in sitting down and standing up. The veterinarian may also try to check if he could hear some clicking sounds in the joint areas whenever the dog moves.

There are several ways on helping dogs prevent Hip Dysplasia even at home. Dog owners may give their dogs a diet when overfed has been the prevailing habit in dog feeding. Regular exercise routine is encouraged so good muscle mass may form. However, exercise should be in moderate and routinely schedule. Maintenance of weight to an ideal standard such as having the weight proportioned to its height is advisable so that obesity and over weight in dogs may be prevented. Food high in calories, cholesterol and other bad fatty components in food must likewise be avoided so that the dog won’t experience other complications such as shortness of breath and heart palpitation. Providing the right attention whenever symptoms are seen should also be made so as to avoid arthritis and other severe joint problem conditions. When buying or picking the puppy of your choice make sure that some legal papers approved that the puppy has attained excellent score when it comes to knowing their hip score.

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