Diagnosing Hip Dysplasia in Dogs like the Labrador
If you own a large, giant or even a medium breed dog then there are a few common mobility conditions you should keep an eye out for especially as your dog ages. For instance, Labradors, Great Danes, German Shepherds, Boxers, and other large breeds are known to develop hip dysplasia or other mobility related diseases in their joints. Hip dysplasia occurs when the ball and socket in the hip area doesn’t connect correctly. Instead of a smooth pass when the joints are in motion there is a grinding and rubbing. The joint eventually deteriorates causing a lack of mobility in the backend. Signs can include pain in standing, walking and an inability to jump, climb stairs, etc. If you suspect this condition in your dog you will need to schedule a checkup with your vet. Only your vet Newmarket, ON can make a diagnosis of hip dysplasia through x-rays, tests and a physical exam.