I've heard a lot about Hip Dysplasia. What is it? The following article is taken from the "Purina® Animal Instincts" Podcast Series. Learn more at www.purina.com.
Some dogs develop a painful hip problem called hip dysplasia. It’s most common in large breeds such as Labs, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds, and can lead to arthritis later in life. A dog with hip dysplasia will have trouble running and getting up, and may seem to lack energy.
Once a dog shows lameness, there are two treatment methods. One involves managing the pain with medication. The other involves surgery to repair the joint. Some young dogs with hip dysplasia are candidates for a preventive procedure that is similar to a hip replacement in humans. It all starts with an x-ray to see if your dog really has a problem.– Dr. Larry McDaniel, DVM