Symptoms and Treatment of Dog Hip Dysplasia

"Canine or Dog Hip Dysplasia (CHD) is a condition where the ligaments, muscles and connective tissue that control and support the hip no longer keep it in place (called hyperlaxity). The problem is common in dogs, affecting approximately 25% to 30% of all pets. Symptoms associated with canine hip dysplasia include loss of mobility, lameness and pain. When symptoms are detected in puppies, it rarely occurs prior to age 4 to 5 months, but can develop as early as age 5 to 9 months..  In some dogs, symptoms are not seen until age 3 to 5 years. Veterinarians try and diagnose the disorder early in order to prevent secondary problems such as abnormal joint remodeling and osteoarthritis. Treatment includes conventional approaches such as weight loss, exercise and heat therapy to prolotherapy, which involves the use of vitamin B12 or dextrose injections combined with lidocaine. While this dog hip problem cannot be prevented, the impact of the disease can be reduced by knowing the incidence of the disorder in your breed, and through proper nutrition and by maintaining the ideal body weight for your dog."

Dog Hip Dysplasia (CHD, canine hip dysplasia) is a progressive disease that occurs in old age. It is a genetic disorder, with some breeds having a higher incidence than others.  The disorder is widespread with 25% to 30% of dogs suffering from the condition. The disorder is caused by a laxity of the ligaments, muscles and connective tissue which holds a dog's hip in place. It is rarely seen in dogs under 5 months of age, and often does not result in clinical signs or symptoms until age 3 to 5 years old.

Dog Hip Dysplasia Video

This video featuring Dr. Anthony Cambridge, who is board certified in veterinary surgery, provides a complete overview of hip dysplasia in dogs/

Breeds and Hip Dysplasia

Large and giant breed dogs are most at risk for dog hip dysplasia.  Smaller breeds can also get the dog hip disorder.  Breeds include:

Dog Hip Dysplasia Symptoms

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Watch for Signs of Hip Dysplasia For Dogs When a Dog is Walking or Going up Stairs.  Note How This Dog with Hip Dysplasia Keeps Both Legs Close Together and Then Will "Bunny Hop" with Lets Together Up the Stairs
Source: VedVid

Canine hip dysplasia symptoms include:

Canine Hip Dysplasia Diagnosis

A veterinarian will examine the way your dog moves and then conduct a physical.  Any observations will be confirmed with an X-Ray. New diagnostic methods such as the PennHIP model can detect the potential for hip dysplasia as early as 16 weeks of age.  The PennHIP model can also detect osteoarthritis.

Canine Hip Dsyplasia Treatment

Your veterinarian will recommend a treatment plan based on the condition of your dog.  This can include:

CHD Prevention

The condition canot be prevented since it is genetic.  If diagnosed early in life, the progression of the disease can be altered.  For example, early detection can help to prevent the onset of osteoarthritis triggered by the dysplasia.  Also, ask your veterinarian if your dog will benefit from a supplement formulated to  promote muscle and joint health in dogs such as Muscle and Joint Support.

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Dog Fancy Magazine

Early Diagnosis and Treatmetn of Hip Dysplasia
A. Vezzoni
Cinica Veterinaria Vezzoni, Cremona, Italy


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