Hip dysplasia is a well-known term for people experiencing the frustration and love of a large dog. Thanks to the generations of breeding dogs for specific characteristics and traits, the skeletal shape of today’s breeds has changed. Multiple species are affected by this condition, including German Shepherds, Saint Bernards, Rottweilers, Labradors, and similar large dog breeds.
Hip dysplasia is characterized by abnormal hip joint development, where the ball and socket do not fit together. This condition can lead to various degrees of discomfort, pain, and eventually arthritis. The genetic mix tends to be the root of many cases, but it also involves nutrition. Liberty Vet Pets in Philadelphia, PA, can help any pets experiencing this condition.
Technical Nature of Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia involves looseness in how the hip joint operates. The hip joint in dogs consists of a ball and socket type connection. That joint stays rigid and strong based on muscle, ligaments, tendons, and soft tissue. When flexible or gapping occurs, damage occurs.
At first, the symptoms aren’t typically noticeable unless someone watches a dog's gait carefully. Over time, hip dysplasia increases pain and degradation of hip function. Without any treatment, an affected canine will eventually suffer from osteoarthritis symptoms.
Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia
Common signs of hip problems in dogs include irregular walking and decreased ability to run properly. These dogs typically show temporary lameness, responding to hip pain and stiffness. Eventually, your dogs won’t want to be active, and in serious phases, many dogs don’t want to get up or walk.
Hip dysplasia isn’t necessarily an “old” dog’s problem. This condition is found in young canines as early as 6 to 12 months. Dysplasia is present in some cases, but the affected dog may not show signs until later in life.
Diagnosis and Vet Treatment
The joint is in good condition, where the top of the femur is placed and seated snugly in the hip. If hip dysplasia is suspected, the confirmation comes with our veterinarian's X-ray analysis of the affected pet. Our veterinarian will look for space and signs of looseness, possibly leading to deeper analysis.
We Can Help Pets with Hip Dysplasia
Liberty Vet Pets in Philadelphia, PA, can help pet owners with dogs needing orthopedic pet surgery. Our veterinarian team is well-equipped and experienced in helping pets, especially large dogs, in serious hip dysplasia cases. Call our office at (888) 458-8587 to schedule an appointment.