Hip Dysplasia FAQs

Our Veterinarian Is Answering Common Questions about Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a serious problem that all types of dog breeds can suffer from, although it is most common with large breeds. Hip dysplasia can cause severe pain, and it can conduce to osteoarthritis or lameness of the joints. If your dog has this condition, we at Breton Veterinary Hospital in Leonardtown, MD, are here to help your dog live a more comfortable life. We are also here to help you understand more about this problem, and our veterinarian is answering a few common questions about it.


What Is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is a condition where the ball, the head of the femur, does not fit in the socket part of the hip joint properly. They end up rubbing against each other instead of sliding smoothly. This issue deteriorates the joint and cause it to not work at all.  Hip dysplasia is very painful for dogs.

What Causes Hip Dysplasia to Happen?

It is a genetic condition found mostly in larger dogs, but it can also happen in smaller dogs.  Hip dysplasia can develop when either the ball or socket does not grow at the same rate. Being overweight, poor nutrition, and certain types of exercise can aggravate the condition.

What Are The Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia?

Dogs can start showing symptoms of hip dysplasia while still in the puppy stage, but symptoms are more prominent as they get older. A decrease in activity, trouble walking, reduced range of motion, lameness in the back legs, inability to jump or run, stiffness, reduced muscle mass, and pain are all symptoms of hip dysplasia.

What Can I Do to Help My Dog?

Although you cant prevent hip dysplasia, there are few things you can do to help your dog if he is suffering from it.

  • You can make your house a dog-friendly environment so that he can get to places around the house more easily, such as installing ramps by the bed or stairs.
  • Make sure to provide your pet with a proper nutritional diet to prevent excessive weight from putting pressure on the hip joint.
  • Exercise is a great way to improve your dog's mobility and reduce his pain, but remember to keep the activities low-impact to avoid harming the joint.

What Are The Treatment Options for Hip Dysplasia?

Depending on the severity of the condition, lifestyle, and financial factors, our veterinarian may recommend several non-invasive treatment options, such as nutritional counseling, exercise regimen, physical therapy, joint supplements, joint fluid modifiers, and anti-inflammatory medicine, to help manage your pet’s hip dysplasia. However, if your dog’s condition is severe, surgical interventions may be necessary to improve his health.

Call Our Leonardtown Veterinary Team for More Answers

If you would like to know more about hip dysplasia, schedule an appointment with our veterinarian by giving our veterinary team a call at 301-475-7808. We at Breton Veterinary Hospital in Leonardtown would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about it.

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