Hip dysplasia is a common disorder of dogs which is a laxity (or looseness) of one or both of the hip joints. There are multiple factors that can cause this laxity, however, genetics plays a large part in the development of this disease. While large breeds of dogs such as Labradors, German Shepherds, Newfoundlands and Bernese Mountain Dogs are overrepresented for this condition, all breeds and even crossbreeds can be affected. Hip dysplasia in young dogs can manifest in subtle signs such as a “bunny-hopping” or “wobbly” gait in the hind legs. Over time this laxity and abnormal movement of the joint leads to arthritis and chronic pain which can severely affect the quality of life of pets.
At Gordon Vet Hospital, our team offers the advanced technique of PennHIP radiographs using special equipment, training and certification through AIS.
Early detection and accuracy provided by the PennHIP method offers a number of advantages over conventional techniques:
- Diagnosis of hip dysplasia in puppies to allow for surgical correction from 15 weeks of age to reduce or eliminate symptoms.
- Screening and certification of breeding dogs to help ensure this condition is eliminated from future generations.
- Accurate diagnosis of hip dysplasia in mature dogs to allow for better treatment and management of current / future hip arthritis.
If you suspect your pet may be suffering from the signs of hip dysplasia, have a large breed puppy at risk of developing this condition or plan to breed and would your dogs to be PennHIP certified call 94983000 or Book Online.