Pregnancy in bitches affected by hip dysplasia can worsen clinical signs. Hip dysplasia is best prevented by not breeding affected dogs. Notifying the breeder of the same is highly recommended.

What is Hip Dysplasia?
As the name suggests, Hip Dysplasia is a disease effecting dogs hips. Dog’s legs are connected to the body via a joint to the hip bone and each leg has such joint. The joint is like a ball and socket to allow the dog to walk and run. When this joint does not match it’s called Hip dysplasia. The disease usually develops due to the laxity of the ligaments, connective tissues, and muscles around the joints. 

The worst thing about this disease is that it has it own development stage. In most cases the pet owners get to know that their dog has hip dysplasia in later stage. If the disorder is ignored it is very possible for your dog to be limping in pain for the rest of its life or worst may lose the ability to walk. 

Canine hip dysplasia can build up during the puppy’s early ages and it’s possible that it may not show up as a health concern until the dog reaches its middle years.

Dogs with Hip Dysplasia face severe pain in the hip joint hence it is important that owners watch the dogs diet so it does not gain extra weight, as this could get more painful for the dog.


What Breeds are Prone to Hip Dysplasia?
Usually, larger breed dogs are most prone to this disease but it may occur in medium size breeds as well. However, hip dysplasia is rather rare with the small breed dogs. Hip dysplasia is seen more often in pure breed dogs then in mix breeds. Following breeds are prone to have hip dysplasia.

  • Saint Bernard
  • Great Dane
  • Labrador Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Rottweiler

What causes Hip Dysplasia?
Generally, Hip dysplasia is considered  genetic disorder. But, there are many dogs that are born with normal hip joints but later acquire the disorder in growing stage. Abnormal growth of soft tissues around the hip joints, development of bones far apart from each other are just few  reasons for hip dysplasia. However, loose hip joints are the main precursor of this disease.

What are the Signs of Hip Dysplasia?

  • Pain while walking,
  • Cross hind legged walk  
  • Difficulty in getting up
  • Severe pain in their hip part
  • Pain and stiffness in hind legs
  • Continues limping

How Hip Dysplasia is diagnosed?
The hip dysplasia is typically diagnosed by combining symptoms of arthritis and pain, through comprehensive physical examination and x-rays. Additionally, the vet might be able to feel looseness in the joint or might be able to elicit pain through extension and flexion of the hind leg. However, the results are uncomplicated and typically not difficult to interpret for a vet.

What is the treatment for Hip Dysplasia?
While it is simpler to assume that the condition is dog arthritis, the treatment method for hip dysplasia is entirely different from that of any type of arthritis. Thankfully dogs with hip dysplasia can be treated by surgery, which is the only option of treatment available. There are no other medications that can cure the problem, nor there is likely to be one in future.

There are few types of surgical procedures to treat hip dysplasia. Veterinarian surgeons can choose from different methods to help out dogs. Usually, their choice is dependent on the severity of the dog’s condition and its age. Certain procedures can only be sustained by older dogs, while some are most effective when done on the younger dogs.

 If you see any signs of your dog being in pain or refusing its daily activities then you should take your pet to the vet for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.