Broken Arrow Pet Health Care: What is Hip Dysplasia in Dogs?

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hip dysplasia in dogsHip Dysplasia in Dogs

Raising a dog in Broken Arrow is fun and stress-reducing. But when our pets become ill we become worried and stressed as parents do when their kids get sick. Sometimes our dogs just join our family without us knowing where they have come from, who their parents are and how long would we’ll be with them. The longer we have them as company, the more we are attached to them emotionally and the more we become emotionally stressed when they get ill.

Sometimes we are given the chance to select the dogs we want to raise. But before deciding on what kind of dog to pick or purchase, you should better seek the advice of your veterinarian in Broken Arrow. They have a good knowledge of what kind of dog best suites you. They can give you information on the characteristics of different breeds of dogs, the diseases they are prone to and how to take good care of them. However, if you are already decided that you want to raise a large breed of dog in Broken Arrow then you’d better know something about the diseases that commonly affects them. Among these diseases is hip dysplasia.


What Is Hip Dysplasia in  Dogs?

Hip dysplasiain dogs is a hereditary condition that commonly affects large breeds. This is a skeletal problem occurring when the head of the hip bone (femur) doesn’t fit properly into its hip socket (acetabulum). This results in the loosening of the hip joint. When the joint loosens, inflammation, pain and lameness follows.

There are 2 forms of hip dysplasia: one that develops while the dog is still a puppy (usually at 4 months old) and another form which develops at an older age due to osteoarthritis.

Hip dysplasia in dogs is common in large breeds such as St. Bernards, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd Dogs, and Labrador Retrievers.


 How does my dog get the condition?

Since this condition is hereditary, dogs that suffer from this condition have either or both parents or grandparents have suffered from this condition too. Meaning, the condition is passed from parent dogs to their offspring. That is why dogs to be used for breeding should be carefully selected in all aspects.

Nutrition can also contribute in the development of hip dysplasia. Feeding a very high calorie diet or giving too much protein in the diet can result in the puppy growing too fast or too big. The rapid weight gain and being overweight places increased pressure on the hips. Improper calcium to phosphorus ratio in the diet also results in problems in bone development.

Exercise can also be a factor in which genetically susceptible dogs have increased risk for hip dysplasia if over-exercised at a young age. The intensity of the exercise should be moderate (running, swimming) and exercises that put too much pressure on the joints (jumping) should be avoided.


How do I know that my dog has hip dysplasia?

There are several signs associated with hip dysplasia in dogs and these include the following:

  • Lameness
  • difficulty walking
  • limping
  • inability to run or climb
  • pain especially in or anywhere near the hip joint
  • “bunny hopping”
  • Swiveling of the hips

If you are in Broken Arrow and you noticed that your dog is experiencing any of these signs, immediately have your dog examined by a veterinarian before the condition gets worse.

How is the condition treated?

Surgical intervention is required to help relieve the condition. Pets may be uneasy as they experience discomfort. They may soon start crying in pain as the condition causes inflammation in the affected hip joint. The vet will perform several X-rays after placing the hind legs in various positions to confirm the condition. Depending on the degree or severity of the condition, the veterinarian may prescribe drugs in the management of pain or he may opt for a surgical operation. Pain relievers and anti-inflammatory drugs can be given to dogs suffering from this condition. But before doing so, seek your vet’s advice first as these drugs have special precautions.


What will happen to my dog if the condition is not treated?

If left untreated, the condition may progress to muscle and bone damage. You surely can’t stand your doing moaning all night due to the pain he or she is suffering.

How can hip dysplasia in dogs be prevented?

Since the condition is hereditary, there is none that could be done to prevent the condition from happening to your pet (if he is genetically susceptible). But an owner can do something to slow down the progress of the disease. Ways to prevent the progression of hip dysplasia in dogs include weight management, proper exercise (low-impact exercises), massage and physical therapy, and providing extra care and comfort to the dog.

Oral supplements are also available to help in maintaining joints and cartilage (e.g. chondroitin, glucosamine, hyaluronic acid). Ask your  Broken Arrow veterinarian on which supplements and diet is best for your dog who is suffering from hip dysplasia.

Pet owners who live in Broken Arrow and have dogs that have reached two-years old are advised to bring their dogs to their veterinarian in Broken Arrow for physical examination and radiography to assess whether their dogs have early signs of hip dysplasia.

If you have a large dog at home that is predisposed to the condition, ask advice from your veterinarian in Broken Arrow as to the management of your dog to lessen the debilitating effects of the disease. Visit a veterinary clinic in Broken Arrow or call (918) 258-0040.

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2026 West Houston Street

Broken Arrow, OK   74012

(918) 258-0040


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