In this post, we will take a look at the potential early signs and symptoms that a puppy might show if it has hip dysplasia.
The sooner you can spot a dog with the disease, the sooner you can prevent it from getting worse, so it is well worth taking the time to understand the condition and how it relates to puppies.
What are the Early Signs of Hip Dysplasia in Puppies
Firstly What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a genetic inherited joint condition that can affect dogs of all different shapes and sizes, from young puppies to older dogs.
From birth, the hip joint isn’t correctly formed, and then at some point during the dog’s life, this will start to create pain and mobility problems.
The condition can be triggered or made worse by the dog’s lifestyle conditions such as obesity, too much or too little exercise, diet, etc.
In puppies specifically, hip dysplasia can be exacerbated by too fast rate growth, often caused by overfeeding the wrong foods.
How Can You Spot the Early Signs in Puppies?
- If your pet is walking with a hop rather than steps, especially when going upstairs or over objects.
- Limping or awkward movements around the hip joints.
- A new and increased reluctance to play or be energetic.
- Agitation or aggression if you touch the puppy’s hip joints.
To spot the early symptoms of hip dysplasia in your pet puppy, keep an eye out for any of these signs.
What Should You Do if Your Puppy has the Early Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia?
If you do spot any symptoms that could indicate that your puppy or puppies have hip dysplasia, then we suggest you consult with your vet right away.
The sooner the condition is diagnosed, the sooner you can start helping your puppies deal with it and prevent it from worsening.
Here is a short video of the process your vet will follow to see if your dog does have canine hip dysplasia.
This condition is widespread in dogs, and most vets will see cases in their practice daily.
So you can rest assured they will be very used to diagnosing and treating the symptoms of dysplasia if your puppy has it.
A Vet Talks About Diagnosis of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
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If your puppy is diagnosed with canine hip dysplasia, the vet will talk you through all the options you have, from surgery to deal with it using home treatments such as diet and heating pads.
You can then discuss with them to decide which are the best options for you and your dog.
Please try not to worry too much. Lots of puppies that have dysplasia grow up and live perfectly happy and fulfilling lives.
Advice from a Professional to Help Your Puppy’s Hips
Here is some home-based treatment that you can to help manage the puppy’s hip condition and alleviate their symptoms without medication or vet bills!
Ok, that is it for this short blog post about symptoms of hip dysplasia in dogs and puppies.
We hope that you found it helpful and as always thanks for visiting PupsterPassion.com a great location to come for help, advice, and information for caring for your pet dogs.