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As you may know, hip dysplasia is quite widespread among our canine companions. Though this painful, debilitating condition is most commonly seen in large breeds and senior dogs, it can affect any pooch, and at any point in their lives. In a nutshell, hip dysplasia is an issue with the ball-and-socket composition of your pet’s hip joint. When the two pieces don’t fit together properly, the friction causes the bones to rub together. Overtime, this causes the bones to deteriorate. Although hip dysplasia isn’t curable, it can be treated. However, early diagnosis is crucial. A Tipp City, OH lists some warning signs in this article.
One of the first things you may notice is your pooch seeming stiff and sore. Fido may have a reduced range of motion, and may walk more slowly.
Dogs tend to be very active and playful as puppies. Normally, they should slow down gradually as they grow older. However, hip dysplasia can definitely put a damper on your pup’s playful antics. Fido may not be very interested in playing Fetch or chasing tennis balls, and his favorite toys may just sit there, gathering dust.
Hip dysplasia affects how your canine buddy walks. Fido may adjust his stride in order to reduce the discomfort. Dogs with hip dysplasia often walk with a sway, or, as some call it, a bunnyhop.
You may notice a change in Fido’s muscle mass as his condition progresses. This is because he will shift his stance to take the weight off of his hips. His back legs may get smaller and less muscular, while he may gain bulk in his chest and shoulders.
If you notice any of the symptoms listed above, contact your vet right away. It’s also a good idea to have your canine pal checked for hip dysplasia, especially if your pet is a senior or large breed.
As far as diagnosis goes, the first test is often joint manipulation. Bloodwork may also be required. Beyond that, a radiograph or X-ray may be necessary to determine the extent of your pup’s condition. This is actually something we specialize in: go to the ‘Hip Dysplasia’ section of our site to learn more.
Do you have questions about your pet’s health or care? Contact us, your Tipp City, OH animal clinic, today. We’re here to help!