What is hip dysplasia? Physiotherapy & Exercise Physiology For Dogs - New Life Vet

Hip dysplasia is a disease of the hip joint. Hip dysplasia is the medical term for a hip socket that doesn’t fully cover the ball portion of the thigh bone. In dogs, hip dysplasia is a common problem. 

If your dog is over five years old and is overweight, they are at an increased risk of hip problems.

Hip dysplasia or joint incongruity can lead to increased wear and tear in the joint. When a dog is still growing, their hips can be assessed under anaesthesia for hip laxity (or looseness.) If they have increased laxity, they are more prone to damage to the cartilage surfaces of the joint, leading to degenerative joint disease or DJD.

DJD refers to arthritis or osteoarthritis, which is the result of degenerative changes of the articular surfaces and joint inflammation. Arthritis is the general term for inflammation of the joints.

Arthritis is a chronic, painful condition that will slowly erode the surfaces of your dog’s joints, and their quality of life at the same time.

If you have a puppy who has increased laxity in their hips, rehabilitation techniques are a helpful tool to build strength in the muscles of the hips and back, to enable your dog to cope the best it can, for as long as possible.

Once hip dysplasia has been diagnosed, (usually with X-rays) rehabilitation can support your dog’s joint health, help manage their painful condition and keep them happy and mobile for as long as possible.

If you are concerned that your dog has hip dysplasia or your vet has diagnosed hip dysplasia and you would like to book a rehab appointment, send us an email