DogTime Blogs

Monday, December 28, 2009

Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is the development of a malformation of the hip in any dog breed. More commonly seen in large breed dogs, it has been reported by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals as high as 80% in some breeds. The condition has a strong genetic component but can also be caused by other factors such as growth rate and diet.

Commonly affected breeds:
• Bull Dogs
• Newfoundlands
• Saint Bernards
• Labrador Retrievers
• Golden Retrievers

• Radiographs analyzed by the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHIP)

• Anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce the pain
• Nutraceuticals to help with join health
• Modified exercise program
• Physical Therapy
• Diet modification for weight loss
• Surgery

• Do appropriate screening of dogs before adopting them
• Get your puppy screened early at the time of vaccination

No comments:

Post a Comment