Description: You’ve probably heard of hip dysplasia, an inherited disease that causes the hip joints to form improperly and leads to arthritis.
What to Watch For: Signs include lameness in hind legs or difficulty getting up from lying down.
Diagnosis: Your veterinarian can treat the arthritis — the sooner the better — to avoid discomfort and pain. Your veterinarian will take x-rays of your dog’s joints to identify the disease as early as possible.
Treatment: Surgery is sometimes considered in severe and life-limiting cases of hip dysplasia. Keep in mind that overweight dogs may develop arthritis years earlier than those of normal weight, causing undue pain and suffering.
Treatment Cost: Hip dysplasia surgery costs between $2,000-$6,000+.
Breeds prone to Hip Dysplasia include: