While it mostly affects larger breeds, hip dysplasia in dogs can cause painful and debilitating symptoms in canines of all ages and sizes. Pets with this condition will typically have a very narrow stance, as they stand with their back legs very close together. Symptoms are more commonly seen in older dogs, since they will have decreased muscle mass, causing the dysplasia to become obvious. If you think your canine is suffering from this condition, call your Tampa veterinarian immediately for a consultation!
Hip dysplasia in dogs will present symptoms including:
- Difficulty standing up
- Changing weight from one leg to the other
- Bunny hopping
- Short, or small, strides
- Waddling walk
Your Tampa vet will be able to diagnose your pet by performing a physical exam that will include: testing range of motion and muscle atrophy. They will also take X-rays; these will sometimes require your pooch to be under anesthesia, as X-rays require them to lie very still. Some pets will have proof of dysplasia on their X-rays but will not present with any other symptoms. This is why in order to diagnose hip dysplasia in dogs, the veterinarian will need to do a physical exam to see if your pet is in pain.
As a pet owner, hip dysplasia in dogs is not only painful for your pet, but it can be difficult for you to see them so uncomfortable each day. Some everyday tips that may help your canine include:
- Switching to weight control food
- Frequent, short sessions of exercise
- A dog bed with orthopedic support
- Elevate their food and water bowls
- Gentle exercises like swimming
TBK9, within the Central Animal Hospital in Tampa, offers a variety of rehabilitation services, before and after surgery. Some owners will opt to try osteopathic and natural remedies while offers prefer to go right to surgery. Regardless of your decision, the experts at TBK9 will do everything they can to help your pup live a long, pain-free life.