Go Back   Pet forum for dogs cats and humans - Pets.ca > Discussion Groups - mainly cats and dogs > Pet encyclopedia - Dog - cat - pet encyclopedia

 
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
  #1  
Old November 17th, 2006, 07:08 AM
marko's Avatar
marko marko is offline
Administrator - Pet lover
 
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: Montreal Quebec Canada
Posts: 11,013
Hip dysplasia in dogs

Hip dysplasia is a degenerative joint disease common in dogs especially big or larger dogs. A normal pelvis in a dog contains the hip and where the hind legs go into that hip a socket is formed. Between the head of the large bone of the hind leg (femur) and the hip there are different types of soft tissues that allow the leg to move and rotate so that the dog can walk run, jump, sit etc.

Hip dyslasia happens when the pelvic joint develops abnormally. It happens in puppy hood and you can usually see it in an x-ray at the age of 2. What happens is that the head of the femur (leg bone) moves away from the hip just a bit. Then, when the dog moves his leg, the head of the femur grinds away against the soft tissues that connect it to the hip. Over time, the grinding eats away at that soft tissue until both bones become separated.

Usually hip dysplasia in dogs shows itself in mid-life. The dog starts to walk slightly funny, then really funny - until it is extremely painful to walk or move. Other symptoms include leg shaking during sleep.

There are some things that your vet can try if your dog has hip dysplasia, (total/partial hip replacement, injections) but unfortunately, right now the options aren't great.
__________________
Please tactfully EDUCATE or IGNORE posters you don't agree with.
Please PM me & Include URLs and post #'s for any issues and it's my pleasure to help.
I'm firm - but fair. Mind the Rules and enjoy your stay.
Newcomers FAQ - How do I post on this BB?
Pet facebook group
Check out the Pet podcast
Follow me on Twitter
Reply With Quote
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Forum Terms of Use

  • All Bulletin Board Posts are for personal/non-commercial use only.
  • Self-promotion and/or promotion in general is prohibited.
  • Debate is healthy but profane and deliberately rude posts will be deleted.
  • Posters not following the rules will be banned at the Admins' discretion.
  • Read the Full Forum Rules

Forum Details

  • Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
    vBulletin Optimisation by vB Optimise (Reduced on this page: MySQL 9.09%).
  • All times are GMT -5. The time now is 08:01 PM.