Hip dysplasia is tricky, it doesn’t like to follow rules. Hip dysplasia can affect dogs very severely and cause them to be lame, limping or stiff or have difficulty using their hinds limbs, or it can be very, very mild where there’s no signs at all. It affects dogs by causing arthritis in the hip joints and along with arthritis comes all of those typical signs you see with an arthritic joint; pain, stiffness, slow to rise, muscles tend to get thinner because the animal, the dog isn’t using his back legs as much. Those are the ways that hip dysplasia impacts the quality of life of dogs.
Author: Dr. Sarah Wooten
A graduate of UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, and a member of the American Society of Veterinary Journalists, Dr. Wooten has 16 years of experience in small animal general practice, and 9 years experience of writing and vlogging. You may have seen her speak at Fetch DVM360 conference, NAVC (or VMX), AAHA, AVMA, or WVC, or you may have seen her articles and videos on DVM360, Firstline, Vetted, Healthy Pet Magazine, The Bark Magazine, Vetstreet, Chewy. or PetMD.