What is Canine Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dyplasia results in osteoarthritis in the hips of dogs and is sadly still one of the most common sources of chronic pain in our pet dogs as they age.
It is seen most commonly in medium to large breed dogs labrador size and above. Affected dogs have a loose ball and socket hip joint. The sloppiness in the joint when moving causes inflammation and arthritic damage to the joint surfaces.
The severity varies with some dogs showing signs when very young but most becoming stiff with pain on rising from rest from around five years of age onwards.