Hip Dysplasia

Description: Hip dysplasia is a condition of the hip joints and occurs when they develop abnormally. In a normal hip joint, the ball of the femur bone fits perfectly into the hip socket with the support of ligaments and cartilage. A dog or cat with hip dysplasia has an imperfect fit in the hip joint so the bone may fit somewhat loosely into the socket. This makes it harder for the muscles to support proper movement and can lead to pain and arthritis. This condition may occur in one or both hips. Though a pet may not be born with hip dysplasia, it can later develop.

Any dog or cat breed can develop hip dysplasia, although larger dog breeds and cats with larger bones are more susceptible. Pets with hip dysplasia in their genetic lineage are more likely to experience severe symptoms if they are overweight, as well as puppies with rapid growth spurts.

Symptoms: Symptoms include pain or limping during or after exercise.

Diagnosis: Hip dysplasia is diagnosed via a physical examination of the hips or x-rays of the hip joints. Your veterinarian may be able to feel looseness in the joint(s). Results of a hip dysplasia test are usually very straight forward.

Treatment: Hip dysplasia is treated with surgery which may include either a total hip replacement for one or both hips, or reconstruction surgery for the joint.

Example claim:

Total claim amount: $5,738.98
Deductible applied: $0.00
Exam fees: -$0.00
10% co-insurance: -$573.90
Trupanion repaid: $5,165.08


Further hip dysplasia reading with photos.


Estimated cost for hip dysplasia surgery: $2,000-$6,000+

Breeds prone to Hip Dysplasia include: