If you’re like most people, your dog is your best friend and most loyal companion. Depending on what type of dog you have, canine hip dysplasia may be a risk – and if it is, it is essential to know what hip dysplasia is, how to recognize the signs of hip dysplasia in dogs, and what treatments are available.
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a common skeletal ailment that affects dogs. A healthy hip joint in a dog functions as a ball and socket. When hip dysplasia occurs, the ball and socket do not fit together properly. They may rub or grind together.
If it is left untreated, hip dysplasia can make it difficult for the affected dog to walk and may lead to a total loss of mobility. While hip dysplasia is most common in large and giant breed dogs, it can affect any breed of dog.