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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

HIP PROBLEM

Canine hip dysplasia is a common hip problem in dogs. It is characterized by an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can cause lameness and arthritis of the joints.

SYMPTOMS

Dogs suffering from this painful condition may exhibit the following symptoms:

- Decreased activity

- Decreased range of motion

- Difficulty or reluctance rising, jumping, running, or climbing stairs

- Lameness in the hind end

- Looseness in the joint

- Narrow stance

- Swaying, “bunny hopping” gait

- Grating in the joint during movement

- Loss of thigh muscle mass

- Noticeable enlargement of the shoulder muscles as they compensate for the hind end

- Pain

- Stiffness or soreness after rising from rest

- Subluxation or dislocation of the hip joint

TREATMENT

Unfortunately, there is no complete cure for hip dysplasia. Although medication, supplements like glucosamine, physical therapy, and a healthy diet go a long way to enhance your furry friend’s quality of life. In more advanced cases, surgery is a last resort.

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Source: https://www.petmd.com/dog/slideshows/6-signs-hip-dysplasia-dogs?view_all=1