Confronting Canine Hip Dysplasia

Dog With hipdysplasiaCanine hip dysplasia is one of the worst things that could happen to a dog in its lifetime, considering the ways that it can affect not only to it, but also to its owners. Remember, nobody wants to see their loyal canine friend suffer or go through a terrible ordeal. The ailment is one of those hopeless conditions wherein you seem to be unable to find a way to help Fido deal with the situation (let’s presume that we’re talking about a male dog). There are a lot of complications that can arise from the dog hip dysplasia, which is why it is very important to immediately look for a way to prevent or just ease Fido’s pain.

Large dogs are vulnerable to canine hip dysplasia. Breeds like German Shepherds, Great Danes, Golden Retrievers are involved in most of these cases, and the reason why they are susceptible to the disease is because they exert extra pressure on their joints, particularly the ones on the hip. Although hip dysplasia in dogs may look like pretty painful, the only thing that makes it worse is arthritis. As a dog owner, it is a responsibility to know what this is all about, considering the things that the disease is capable of doing.

What is Canine Hip Dysplasia? This is a common skeletal disease that involves the hip bones and its sockets and joints.  This is the failure of the hip joints to develop normally (also known as malformation), which will gradually lead to deterioration and ultimately, lameness.

Is there a severity rating? Canine hip dysplasia can be diagnosed via X-ray, and through that tool, you will be able to see the situation in the pelvis. Dysplastic hips can be rated according to how loose the joints are: Mild, Moderate and Severe.


  • Mild hip dysplasia is when there is a small space in the joint with the ball partway out of the socket. In this case, there are no symptoms or changes relating to arthritis.
  • Moderate hip dysplasia is when the hip ball is barely seated in the in joint. Some signs include the deterioration and flattening of the femoral (leg bone) head, rough appearance of the joint surfaces and the formation of bone spurs.
  • In severe cases, the head of the femur is completely out of the socket and joint, arthritic symptoms stand out.

When does it start and what causes it? There is no clear cut timeframe as to when canine hip dysplasia starts, but symptoms start to show up as early as the dog is four months old – arthritic symptoms may then start to occur, causing extreme pain and discomfort. The disease is caused by developmental factors which occur when the pooch is still a puppy. Genetics also plays a part – a dog with dysplastic ancestors is likely to have the same disease.

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for canine hip dysplasia. The effects of which however, can be negated. Stiffness of the joints along with pain can just be a memory through the help of glucosamine, a nutrient for the joints.


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