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How Can You Manage Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is the most common heritable orthopedic disease seen in dogs, leaving many pet owners wondering why it develops and how to help mitigate the symptoms.

Getting a hip dysplasia diagnosis can be daunting but many things can be done to keep your pup healthy and happy! In this blog, we will provide the basics of understanding canine hip dysplasia as well as tips for managing it.

What Causes Canine Hip Dysplasia?

Canine hip dysplasia is a deformity of the hip that occurs during growth. When the ball and socket of the hip joints haven’t grown in equal amounts, the joint wear prematurely and causes pain that can eventually make it difficult for them to move.

Unfortunately, many factors can cause canine hip dysplasia. These factors can range from environmental or genetic causes. This could mean nutrition, hormones, exercise, growth rate, muscle mass, or parental lineage. Typically, it is seen most often in large breed dogs but can be prevented early by ensuring that puppies are not being overfed.