Interview with Dr. Jeremiah Moorer
Hip dysplasia is a common condition usually affecting large and giant breed dogs, characterized by a poorly formed hip joint that results in a laxity, or looseness. If not corrected, this laxity leads to abnormal wear on the joint, development of pain, osteoarthritis, and loss of normal function.
Different procedures have been developed for the treatment of hip dysplasia and hip arthritis in dogs. These are mostly designed to treat the condition once it has developed, including removal of the head of the femur, triple pelvic osteotomy and total hip replacement.
If the malformation is detected early enough, before 41/2 months of age, a surgery known as a juvenile pubic symphysiodesis can be performed to alter the position of the hip joint during the puppy’s growth. This alters the forces on the joint and makes it more stable, helping to prevent the development of arthritis before it begins.
Talk with your veterinarian about hip dysplasia to help you decide what diagnostic and treatment options are best for your pet.