When a dog develops hip dysplasia, the snugness of the ball and socket that form their hip become looser due to degeneration of the tissues and begins grinding of the two hard surfaces. As hip dysplasia worsens, joint tissues and vital joint lubricants deteriorate, leading to painful arthritis that will worsen and can completely debilitate a dog if not treated properly.
A dog developing, or having developed hip dysplasia shows the relatively same general signs with more or less emphasis on certain symptoms based on the dog at hand. You have to remember, some dogs have had the issue since birth and develop a much higher tolerance for the pain and discomfort and learn to live with it better than a mature dog beginning to develop hip dysplasia making diagnosis unique for each dog.
If your puppy or young dog is showing even small signs of any of the symptoms below, it is probably best to get them checked out before it is too late.
Sing of Hip Dysplasia In Puppies
As a puppy, signs of canine hip dysplasia are generally a discomfort of the hind hips and can occur as early as 5 months. Your dog might resemble a rabbit, by hopping the back legs forward instead of an extended gate with the separate motion of the legs and hesitation getting up after prolonged periods of rest. Your dog might also extend his legs straight forward or backward while resting; Some people describe it as chicken legs–or frog legs.
- Worsening trouble getting up after sleeping
- Whining and a general unwillingness to get up
- Change in the way your dog walks–resembling a bunny hopping
- Anxiety or displeasure toward people rubbing their hips
- Signs disappear once the dog is on their feet and active
Signs of Hip Dysplasia In Mature Dogs
Development of hip dysplasia in mature dogs usually happens around 4 or 5 years of age for the degeneration to be advanced enough and the pain and discomfort become more obvious.
Pain usually is worst after exercise or in the morning but works out once the dog is up and moving. It is important to bring your dog to your vet when any signs of discomfort in their legs are present, dogs are built to run–pain is not in their blood.
The most important part is to take your dog to the vet even if you are unsure there is an actual issue. Examining any dog (or human) and treating an issue before it develops is the number one way to ensure your dog won’t live in pain the rest of his life if they do indeed have hip dysplasia. Treatments range from anti-inflammatory drugs and painkillers to surgery depending on the dog and severity of the case to further develop.
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