6 Signs of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
By Mindy Cohan, VMD
Hip dysplasia is one of the most common skeletal disorders seen in dogs. The condition is characterized by a malformation of the coxofemoral (hip) joint.
Instead of the normal tight fit between the acetabulum (cup or socket) and femoral head (ball), patients with this condition suffer from a laxity within the joint. The malformation is a result of both genetic and environmental factors.
Hip dysplasia is seen more frequently in large breed dogs such as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, St. Bernards, and Rottweilers. Although seen in smaller dogs, the prevalence is lower and the symptoms related to hip dysplasia are often less severe.
Recognizing the clinical signs of hip dysplasia is important for early intervention and pain mitigation.