Signs of Hip Dysplasia in German Shepherds
Hip dysplasia is a common illness that affects the joints and specifically the hip in large breed dogs like the German Shepherd. Hip dysplasia often starts out as a simple malformation of the ball and joint socket in the hip. This could be a genetic defect or caused by an injury, trauma, or osteoarthritis. Once the ball and socket fail to meet correctly, the join begins to grind and rub together instead of passing along smoothly. The join will eventually deteriorate and the dog may lose complete use of the hip. Signs of hip dysplasia depend on the dog and the severity of the disease. Common symptoms include joint looseness or laxity, decreased activity, difficulty for the dog to rise, run, jump or climb stairs, hind-limb lameness, hopping or a swaying gate, painful hip joints, decreased range of motion, and loss of muscle mass. Consult with your vet Raleigh, NC to learn more.