Hip dysplasia is a genetic condition that is found commonly in larger dog breeds but can occur in smaller breeds and even cats as well. The condition occurs when the ball of the femur bone does not fit perfectly into the pelvic socket. Instead of a smoothly operating ball-and-socket joint, there is laxity in the joint that over time will cause inflammation and loss of function of the joint. Dogs with hip dysplasia experience pain and limping and are prone to more severe arthritic symptoms due to inflammation and the continued degeneration of cartilage in the hip joint.
Some breeds have a genetic susceptibility for hip dysplasia, others can develop it as a result of poor nutrition or obesity. A combination of a physical exam, and x-rays are usually necessary to determine if the condition exists. Swimming exercises and weight control are two possible non-invasive treatments that can help alleviate some of the damage of the condition. Most dogs, however, need anti-inflammatory and/or pain medications and we carry a variety of options. For more severe cases, there is also the option of injectable medications or corrective surgery in younger dogs. Older dogs with severe disease can sometimes be candidates for hip replacement, just like in humans.
If you should have any questions about this topic or if you are concerned that your pet may be suffering the effects of this condition, please give us a call at 903-807-0887 and set up an appointment for an exam with x-rays. We will work with you to develop a plan for the most effective treatment based on you and your pet’s needs.
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