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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Saturday, January 15, 2011
posted by Jim Murphy

dog-brushedDogs of all ages are subject to Hip Dysplasia.  Hip Dysplasia is abnormal joint structure and a laxity of  the muscles, connective tissue  and ligaments that support the joint. Larger and medium breed dogs are more prone to the disease.  This disease can be found in dogs, cats and humans. In some severe cases, puppies as young as five months could begin to show signs of discomfort and pain after exercise.  As the dog ages, the condition worsens and discomfort is detected  even after your dog performs normal activities such as walking up steps. Without treatment, these dogs may eventually not be able to walk at all.  In most cases, symptoms do not begin to develop until middle  or old age.  The disease is diagnosed by your vet who assesses the case and determines  whether or not arthritis is causing the problem. A complete exam including a x rays is used to make the diagnosis.

One of the main causes of hip dysplasia is diet. The amount of calories a dog consumes and when most of those calories have been consumed have the biggest impact in determining if a dog that is prone to hip displasia will actually develop the disease.  If the the dog is obese and is at high risk, there is a great probability that he will develop hip dysplasia.

Surgery in addition to therapy is the most common way to treat the disease. Sometimes, pet medication is added to the treatment procedure.  This disease is very painful and if you suspect that your dog may have it, then get him to your vet and follow the procedures to insure that he gets the best treatment possible.