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Learn about Hip Dysplasia in dogs. Dr. Anthony Cambridge, who is board certified in veterinary surgery, talks about what ...
Hip Dysplasia is and how to recognize if you dog has this problem.
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Dr. Mike Ortaleza: Hello! I’m Dr. Mike. Today we are going to talk about hip dysplasia in dogs. To cover this topic, we’re going to visit with Dr. Anthony Cambridge who is board certified in veterinary surgery.
Dr. Anthony Cambridge:Hip Dysplasia essentially is a deformity of the hip joint. It can lead on to the generation of the joint, arthritis, inflammation and pain.
The vast majority of dogs acquire hip dysplasia likely a result of a inherited factor and that’s combined with factor such as body weight, rate of growth, possibilities of trauma during development and other factors such as their environment play a role in this.
We commonly see hip dysplasia in breeds such as Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Rotweilers, and the German shepherd is probably the most common in our practice.
Most owners are going to recognize some type of discomfort often reluctance to play as a puppy. They’re going to see perhaps a change in the way the hind limbs are being used often smaller dogs, younger dogs, or bunny hop using both hind legs together to get around or especially going upstairs. They may recognize pain when the dog first gets up after a period of rest or they may see early exhaustion compared to other dogs they’ve had experience within the past.
If owners feel that their dog is possibly suffering from hip dysplaysia, the simplest best solution would be to see their local vet to get first an examination and then quite possibly x-rays to follow.
A veterinarian is going to examine a dog to determine if it has hip dysplasia. Some dogs can be examined awake however; often it’s useful to sedate thee patient to determine whether the hips are lax. Laxity is the key finding in dogs with hip dysplasia. There is a test for laxity. We refer to it as the “Ortolani sign” and we can demonstrate that on this model.
In Ortolani sign, we push on the femur on this sedation. The femoral head rises out of the joint the acetabulum. We lift the leg up and it clicks back in. and we’re feeling for that click back in to tell us that the hip was actually out. If we confirm this, this is hip dysplasia regardless of what we see on an x-ray.
Dr. Mike Ortaleza: As always, it is best to discuss with your veterinarian he ideal treatment options for your pet.
I’m Dr. Mike. I hope that this information has been helpful and thanks for watching.