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Dog Dysplasia

Dog hip dysplasia is a common skeletal developmental problem generally found in larger dogs and, in particular, in working and sporting dog breeds. Dog hip dysplasia occurs because the upper ball portion of the dog's hind legs doesn't fit properly into the hip socket, causing instability within the ball-and-socket joint, which in turn eventually causes the hip bone to tear apart thus being called dog hip dysplasia.
At this point in time, no one knows exactly what causes dog hip dysplasia, but most vets now agree that dog hip dysplasia is probably an inherited condition. They also agree that the dog hip dysplasia probably isn't influenced by a dog's diet, although dog hip dysplasia is aggravated by excessive weight and obesity problems. They suspect that the animal's overall weight and/or very rapid growth during puppyhood may be contributing factors for dog hip dysplasia.

While dog hip dysplasia have no apparent symptoms, others, however, have varying degrees of lameness and arthritic pain. In the most severe cases, dog hip dysplasia can cause joint deterioration, limiting the dog's mobility. As the condition evolves, dog hip dysplasia becomes quite painful and may be more pronounced on cold, damp days. Typical symptoms of dog hip dysplasia include: lameness, especially after prolonged exercise, a waddling or swaying gait, difficulty in rising or climbing stairs, reluctance to move, changes in temperament, pain when hips move, poorly developed musculature in the hind quarters and the weight-carrying legs.

Fortunately, there are many treatment options available for dog hip dysplasia, ranging from drug therapy to relieve pain to total hip replacement. The use of these options will depend on the dog's weight, age, and severity of the disease. Your veterinarian will help you decide which option may be best suited for your dog to ensure that dog hip dysplasia is treated. So consult first with your local veterinarian to make sure that your taking the appropriate steps to cure dog hip dysplasia.

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