Signs of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

There’s a common skeletal condition in dogs that all owners should educate themselves about – it’s called hip dysplasia.
Affecting the hip joint, the ball and socket do not fit or develop properly, and they rub and grind instead of sliding smoothly. This results in deterioration over time and an eventual loss of function of the joint itself.
This causes pain and can drastically reduce a dog’s quality of life. Important signs to look out for include difficulty or reluctance rising, jumping, running or climbing stairs; lameness in the hind end, 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 and stiffness.
If your dog shows any of these symptoms, contact your vet immediately to get a joint assessment to prevent any further damage.

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