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Signs of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

August 1, 2020

Did you know that hip dysplasia is a very common issue in our canine friends? Here at Troy Animal Hospital, hip dysplasia is one of our special interests. Of course, early treatment and diagnosis can make a huge difference when treating this painful affliction. That’s why it’s important for pet owners to be aware of the signs of hip dysplasia. A local Tipp City, OH vet lists some of the most common ones below.

Behavioral Changes

It’s normal for dogs (and people) to slow down with age. However, hip dysplasia can really put the brakes on Fido’s playful antics. Your pet may lose interest in his favorite toys. He may start trailing behind on his walks. Understandably, he may also act a bit grouchy or withdrawn.

Less Range Of Motion

Another sign of hip dysplasia is a smaller range of motion. Fido may act stiff, and he may not be able to bounce or hop the way he once did.

Lower Activity

You may notice Fido becoming slower or even reluctant to get up or lay down. He may not run or jump very much, and he could have trouble climbing stairs or getting in and out of the car. Your dog may also sleep more than he used to.

Changes In Gait

Hip dysplasia is very uncomfortable for dogs. Fido may change his stride to compensate, and may seem to hop or sway as he walks. Limping and lameness in the back legs are also warning signs.


Fido can’t tell you if he’s in pain, but he often communicates this through body language. If your furry buddy winces or yelps when you touch his back end, hip dysplasia could be to blame.

Change In Body Composition

This one may be harder to spot with long-haired dogs, so pay extra attention if your pup is, well, fluffy. You may notice Fido’s shoulder muscles getting bigger, and his thighs getting smaller. This is because he’s adjusting his gait to try and lessen the discomfort in his hips.  


Although any pooch can develop hip dysplasia, it is more prevalent in certain breeds. Large dogs are particularly at risk. If Fido is a Labrador, Great Dane, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler, or St. Bernard, be extra vigilant!

Do you know or suspect that your dog has hip dysplasia? Contact us, your Tipp City, OH vet clinic, today!

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