Although all dogs are susceptible to muscular and skeletal issues that cause leg and hip problems, Canine Hip Dysplasia is one of the most common ailments. So what is Canine Hip Dysplasia and what are the symptoms that accompany it? Are some dog breeds more susceptible to this condition than others?
Large breed dogs have been found to be more prone to developing CHD, however, certain medium-sized breeds have also been found to be particularly susceptible.
What is Canine Hip Dysplasia?
The ball or top of the femur, and the socket in a healthy dog’s hips fit together perfectly to allow smooth hip joint motion. A malformation called Canine Hip Dysplasia prevents the ball and socket from fitting together comfortably, causing the joints to grind and rub together. This painful condition can cause limping, lameness, and joint degeneration in extreme cases.
What Causes Canine Hip Dysplasia?
CHD is a genetic condition that means it can be passed on by affected dogs to new generations of puppies. Other conditions such as obesity can exacerbate the condition. Symptoms primarily affect the hind legs and hip area and include limping, lameness, trouble standing up, reluctance to run, jump, or climb stairs, and sensitivity in the hip area when touched.
Loss of muscle mass may be experienced in severe cases. The onset of symptoms can start in puppies as early as 4 months while some dogs may have little or no discomfort throughout their lives. As there is no cure for Canine Hip Dysplasia, have your vet perform a hip check to ensure that CHD has not been genetically passed on by the previous generation of the dog you propose to buy.
Which Dog Breeds are Most Susceptible to CHD?
Canine Hip Dysplasia is more common in large dogs like Great Danes, St. Bernards, and Rottweilers. However, medium breed dogs like Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Bulldogs, Mastiffs, and Pugs are also susceptible to this genetic condition.
Symptoms of the condition are often detected early in the life of puppies and grow worse as the dog ages. Early diagnosis can help minimise the painful side effects of this disorder and help to prevent serious complications in later life.
Hip Dysplasia in Australian Shepherds
Australian Shepherds are sought after for their loyalty, affectionate dispositions, high levels of intelligence, and extremely energetic natures. This highly active breed loves to hike, run, and play energetically with its owners for hours on end. This makes it all the more distressing when they display signs of discomfort and lack of motion caused by pain in their hind legs and hips.
The only way to detect CHD is through a physical examination and X-rays performed by a vet. Several treatment options are available depending on the severity of the condition and in extreme cases, hip surgery may be needed for long-term results.
Although it may be extremely frustrating to see how CHD can limit your dog’s ability to run and play, it is a treatable condition with many options available to help your dog live a long, pain-free life.
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