Hip dysplasia is a genetic disorder that causes limping. Due to its universal nature, it is considered to be the mother of all orthopedic diseases. Dogs that suffer from this disorder are seen to have a difficult time jumping, and they also walk with a limp. It is possible to manage this condition but not adequately treat it, unless by a surgical procedure. To cope with hip dysplasia, you can ensure that your pet maintains a healthy weight while taking joint supplements and pain relievers.
It is likely to see hip dysplasia in dwarf dogs and large dogs than in the smaller dog breeds. Bulldogs have a higher chance of having hip dysplasia. 72% of the Bulldogs studied fall victim of the disorder. In the 2005 edition of the American Veterinary Medical Association Journal, statistics showed that the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) might have failed to mention other affected dog breeds such as the Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers.
Hip dysplasia also exists in cats. Most pet owners may not notice it immediately in cats because the pain is not very obvious. Some cats will begin to show signs of hip dysplasia from as early as four months while others do not suffer the symptoms until middle age.
Though very rare, some horses are diagnosed with hip dysplasia. However, the situation in horses is not usually genetic. Secondary osteoarthritis may occur in the hip when a fracture has occurred to the joints. The condition is a rare cause for lameness in horses.
Veterinary doctors recommend that you take your pets for checkups every so often. When left untreated, hip dysplasia can lead to conditions such as arthritis. The wear and tear as a result of the misalignment of bones causes damage to the cartilage. The diagnosis of hip dysplasia is reached by viewing x-ray photographs of the pet and performing physical examinations.