What is Hip Dysplasia in Dogs?
Hip Dysplasia is a common disease in dogs that can occur when the ball and socket joint in the hip is not formed correctly or the ball and the socket don’t meet correctly. This malformation causes the joints to grind or rub instead of moving smoothly back and forth. The disease can be caused by genetic or by circumstances that occur to the hip joint. For instance, genetically the hip fails to develop normally. The grinding and rubbing of the joint (instead of smooth movement) causes the joint to deteriorate and eventually causes the dog to lose complete function of the hip. Large or giant breed dogs like the Barbet, Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, etc. are more prone to developing or inheriting hip dysplasia than smaller breed dogs. Although it is possible for small breeds to develop hip dysplasia they rarely show symptoms. For more details, call your Aurora, CO veterinarian.