Like humans, dogs can develop hip problems, but it doesn’t always start at an older age as you would expect. Hip dysplasia is often something a dog is born with when hip joints don’t develop normally, later deteriorating and eventually leading to the movement loss of the hip joint.
Hip dysplasia is a common problem in dogs across all breeds but tend to be diagnosed in larger dogs earlier than smaller dogs.
The disease typically begins after 4 months of age while a dog is young and immature. Symptoms can sometimes be overlooked as they may not appear all at once or you might think that your dog is sore due to increased activity. Adult onset can develop due to arthritis where the joint cartilage deteriorates. If your dog exhibits any of the symptoms below it may be time to see Dr. Alakbawy to correctly diagnose and treat the issue:
7 Symptoms In Addition To Pain
- Difficulty getting up and reluctance to run, jump or use stairs
- Hind limb lameness worse after exercise
- Loss of muscle mass in hind thigh muscles
- Hopping or Swinging Gait
- Increased Muscle Mass in front legs- Compensating for the loss of back leg muscles
- Change in Hip Joint Range of Motion
- Pain upon movement