Symptoms of hip dysplasia in dogs

How and when the symptoms of hip dysplasia are noticed in a sick dog can vary widely. Various factors play a role in the development and expression of the disease. HD in the dog can show up through changes in posture and stagnation of movement - Image: Shutterstock / Nikolai Tsvetkov

In hip dysplasia, the animal's femoral head only lies loosely in the acetabulum, which creates friction and wears out bone and cartilage over time. While the disease is mostly congenital, its signs do not usually appear from the start. How to recognize them.

Hip dysplasia: Symptoms of varying severity

When the symptoms of the disease appear, or begin to worsen, varies and depends, for example, on the conditions in which the dog is kept. They are made worse by improper nutrition, unfavorable loads and the age of the animal can also play a role.

If the affected dog is still young, it is often difficult, depending on the severity of the disease, to even discover it. You should be sensitive to symptoms that affect the four-legged friend's mobility. If he lies a lot and appears unwilling to go for a walk with him, going to the vet is just as useful as if he is paralyzed.

HD in older dogs

Owners of older dogs with HD usually experience more severe symptoms. Your pets suddenly don't want to go on walking. They move uncertainly on their feet, adopt an unusual posture with the pelvis tilted, or tend to bounce when walking faster. Even crunching and crackling noises can sometimes be heard. Especially in the morning, older affected dogs find it increasingly difficult to get up over time.

Pain leads to attempts at relief

Due to the pain, dogs affected by HD usually try to relieve the painful joint increasingly. The rear leg muscles can recede and ensure that the animal has an even harder time walking. A small vicious circle is created.

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Suspected hip dysplasia? See the vet as early as possible

It is important that you visit a veterinarian as soon as possible if symptoms persist or if you suspect HD. He can examine what's wrong with your dog and make an accurate diagnosis. If your suspicion is confirmed, the doctor, in consultation with you, will determine a treatment method to make your pet's pain more bearable as soon as possible.