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Hip Dysplasia 

Hip Dysplasia

Have you noticed your dog is slowing down, not able to get up from laying down as easily as they once could? Are they showing discomfort with their regular activities or seem more stiff in their hips than usual?

What is Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a condition where the ball and socket do not fit or develop properly and they rub and grind against each other vs sliding smoothly over one another. The ligaments around the joint aren't strong enough to support the joint efficiently. Over time, this grinding movement can cause a loss of cartilage, create bone spurs, cause pain, loss of mobility, and overall general discomfort for your pup. 

Several factors can lead to the development of hip dysplasia such as genetics, excessive growth rate, improper weight, and unbalanced nutrition.

Signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia can be

  • Decreased activity

  • Decreased range of motion

  • Difficulty or reluctance in rising, jumping, running, or climbing stairs

  • Lameness in the hind legs

  • Loss of muscle mass

  • Running with a "bunny hop" gait

  • Stiffness 

  • Pain.

Diagnosing hip dysplasia is done by a qualified healthcare professional by different tests and specific hip x-rays. 

Treatment for hip dysplasia can be with surgery or conservative management. Treatment depends on the severity of the condition and the dog's age. No matter what treatment approach you take a certified canine rehabilitation therapist can help with recovery. Reach out to Pawsitive Impact Rehabilitation today to see how we can help your dog with hip dysplasia.

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