Hip Dysplasia

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:


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