Canine hip dysplasia
Canine hip dysplasia, more common in larger breeds, is one of the most threatening and frustrating diseases veterinarians study today.
This genetically transmitted disease occurs when an abnormal formation of the hip leads to loosening in the hip joints. This in turn causes cartilage damage. Progressive arthritis often follows and can be crippling for our canine friends. It should be noted that hip dysplasia is not the same thing as arthritis in the hips, but rather it is the most common cause of arthritis in the hips.
Some dogs show more signs of discomfort than others, yet any sign of decreased activity like difficulty moving, reluctance to jump/walk/run/or use the stairs, etc. should be further investigated by your vet.
Treatment options for this unfortunate disease can range from conservative options (pain medication, controlled diet and exercise, and physical therapy), to invasive surgery. Your veterinarian will discuss these options with you and what would best be suited for your pet if he/she is diagnosed with Canine hip dysplasia.