Hip Dysplasia In Dogs; What Is It?

hip dysplasia in dogs

What is hip dysplasia in dogs?

Hip dysplasia in dogs is an abnormal formation of the hip socket. Severe hip dysplasia can eventually cause lameness and arthritis of the joints. When a puppy is growing the head of the femur (thighbone) and the socket of the pelvis must grow at the same pace. If this does not happen hip dysplasia in your dog occurs. 

The joint becomes weak which causes degenerative joint disease also called osteoarthritis. This occurs when the cartilage deteriorates. There are wheelchairs for dogs with hip dysplasia which helps to stabilize your dog, relieve some of the pressure off of the hips and help them to stay active. 

Which dogs are prone to hip dysplasia?

Both large and small breeds can be affected but are more common in larger breeds like Bulldogs, Mastiffs, St. Bernards, American Staffordshire, Retrievers and Rottweilers. Small breeds such as Pugs and French Bulldogs can also be affected. There are small dog wheelchairs and large dog wheelchairs that fit all breeds of dogs. 

Besides a dog wheelchair other things can be done to help alleviate the symptoms. These include maintaining a healthy weight, moderate exercise to strengthen the muscles around the joints, proper nutrition and over the counter supplements such as glucosamine and CBD can help. Sometimes prescription pain pills may be needed, but you should consult your veterinarian. 

About The Author

Performance Dog Wheelchairs wants you to know that physical limitations are not the end to mobility. Our purpose is to give others and their dogs the ability to seek new adventures and overcome physical challenges with one of our dog wheelchairs.

A dog wheelchair is also referred to as a handicap dog cart or wheels for handicap dogs. One of the common needs is for hip dysplasia. Our dog wheelchairs are for small and large breeds. Some of the breeds who commonly use our dog wheelchairs are a Dachshund (Weiner dog or Sausage dog), French Bulldog, Bulldog, Boxer Dog and a Pug Dog. 

We offer a full support dog wheelchair which is also referred to as a dog quad wheelchair or four wheel dog wheelchair, a dog wheelchair for back legs and the patented SitGo Dog Wheelchair which is a dog hind leg wheelchair. This is the only one on the market that allows your dog to go from standing to sitting without having to remove it. 

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