Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a very common disease that affects many breeds of dog. It is also known as HD and CHD (canine hip dysplasia). Dogs with this condition have abnormal development or formation of their hip joints, resulting in pain and lameness.

What causes hip dysplasia?

The exact cause of hip dysplasia is not known, but it is thought to be due to a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Research has shown that the way we bring up our dogs can affect the development of HD.

How does it affect my dog’s health?

HD can cause severe disability in affected dogs and may require extensive medical treatment and surgery to improve mobility. Dogs with moderate to severe HD often need daily medication, physiotherapy, or hydrotherapy, as well as regular exercise restrictions and weight control programs.