Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

In recent time, we have observed that several dogs ( up to 10 so far ) that attended our dog training classes has Hip Dysplasia problem. It occur mostly to big dogs and in our case, quite a number of them are Golden Retrievers. Hip dysplasia is considered a hereditary condition and dogs with Hip dysplasia should not be used for breeding again. We feel sad to see dogs grown up to have Hip dysplasia and those who wish to acquire large dogs should pay more attention to Hip dysplasia problem and should take action to check more before acquire one. Precaution to be taken should at least include the following:-

– Buy only from reputable breeder

– Check with the breeder on whether the Sire and Dam (father and mother) of the puppies has Hip dysplasia problem or not. It is important to view the Sire and Dam to confirm this. Ask for X-ray record of the hip of the Sire and Dam if there is any.

– Buy directly from the breeder and strike an agreement with the breeder that in the event the dog has Hip dysplasia, they should either replace a dog for you or compensate you for medical treatment require. Medical treatment on Hip Dysplasia are generally expensive.

Brief description on Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia can result in a painful dislocation (subluxation) of the hip joint or an irregularly formed ball and / or socket. Eventually the dog develops degenerative joint disease, or arthritis, and a chronically painful hip. It is important to note that you may not be aware of your dogs discomfort. The problem has been present since the dog was 2-4 months old, and your pet has learned to live with the pain. Dogs with dysplasia usually do not cry out in pain. They either limp on the sore leg, or are less active than usual. Often, if both hips are painful, a dog will hop like a rabbit while running or going up stairs or stand up slowly, especially in the morning. Once the discomfort subsides after surgery, the dogs personality and activity level improve dramatically. I am often told by pet owners that their dogs play and act like puppies again.

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