If your dog starts to limp with its front legs or if your puppy starts hopping like a rabbit, your dog may be displaying symptoms of hip dysplasia. In hip dysplasia, the disease affects the defective development of the hip. Essentially hip dysplasia relates to the development of the hip joint in a puppy. It typically results in pain and may range from mild limping in your young dog to a crippling effect.
Like other ailments, if you notice something unusual please be sure to consult with your veterinarian. If your vet takes x-rays to determine if your puppy or dog has hip dysplasia, a few options for treatment are at your disposal.
Treatment for hip dysplasia may encompass non-surgical options such as restraining your dog’s activities, controlling the pain with anti-inflammatory medication, acupuncture, or putting your dog on a strict diet to avoid being overweight. Another treatment to hip dysplasia may involve surgery. Please keep in mind the decision to put your dog through surgery should be carefully made upon recommendations of your veterinarian and of course, based on your decision as well. For puppies under the age of ten months experiencing hip dysplasia, triple hip osteotemy is sometimes recommended. For dogs with specific pain, excision is recommended for pooches of all ages and is supposed to relieve the pain, however post surgery for hip dysplasia should include physiotherapy. For large dogs who have stopped growing and have severe hip dysplasia, one option is a complete substation of the hip.
Since early detection of hip dysplasia is key to reducing pain in your pet as well as preventing hip dysplasia symptoms to get worse, as the responsible pet owner please be sure to not overfeed or over exercise your dog.
At The Dog Bowl, nothing is more important than your pets’ safety and well being. For more information about hip dysplasia and to diagnose your pet please consult with your vet.