Skeletal disorders can hinder your dog’s lifestyle as they grow older, and as an owner it can be hard to watch your dog decline in any way. If you’re nervous that your dog is exhibitingsigns of hip dysplasia, read on to learn the signs.
What is Canine Hip Dysplasia?
Canine hip dysplasia is among the most common skeletal disorders. Although it is more frequent in larger breed dogs, it can occur in smaller breeds as well. It is a genetic disease that’s commonly influenced by environmental factors such as age and weight gain, and occurs due to an abnormal formation of the hip socket.
The hip joint, which works as a ball and socket, may develop improperly, or not fit together correctly. The joint should be able to slide smoothly, but instead they rub and grind together, causing deterioration, pain, lameness, arthritis, and in some cases, loss of function in the joint.
Signs of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
How can you tell if your dog has hip dysplasia? The following conditions can be symptoms of this disorder.