Canine Hip Dysplasia

Published by doggie health care on Tagged Keep Them Healthy & Safe!, Health

Canine Hip Dysplasia is seen as a mystery for most of those in the veterinarian field. Since the early seventies many dogs have been affected by hip dysplasia. In fact beginning in the seventies hundreds of dogs suffering from the disease were euthanized so that they would no longer have to suffer. It was a very practical choice back in the seventies because we didn’t know what affected the dog’s diagnosis of the disorder and therefore we didn’t have a way to help them feel better. Hip dysplasia can lead the dog to being severely crippled if it is not seen to. In the past euthanasia was the only offer once a dog was diagnosed with the disease, but many vets strived for some way to correct the genetic disorder.

The facts discovered during the later seventies and early eighties is that any dog with hip dysplasia didn’t have to be euthanized. Instead the dogs could lead a pretty normal life if the diagnosis was made as a puppy. As a puppy the canine would need some corrective procedures so that as an adult the dog would not suffer. Many vets began researching the type of surgery that would be needed to correct the problem in a younger dog. Unfortunately many found that in some cases correcting the dog while he or she was still young could create hip dysplasia by harming the tendons. Vets have offered surgery on many dog breeds that are subject to hip dysplasia. In some cases they have actually removed the dog’s tail or shortened it in order to keep hip dysplasia from happening. By changing the weight that is placed on the hips it has been thought that the hips will not hurt as much or end up in a position that is uncomfortable.

At the moment it is uncertain if hip dysplasia in dogs is genetic. Many believe it is genetic because certain breeds are more affected from the disorder than others. A common breed is the English Sheep Dog. English Sheep Dogs tend to develop or are born with hip dysplasia. A Swedish study done on 11,036 dogs resulted in information that hip dysplasia is not necessarily genetic. The study was completed on German Shepherds over a ten year period. In fact they tried selective breeding to reduce the occurrence of hip dysplasia. In other words they breed dogs that didn’t show the traits of the disorder in their bones were breed, yet their off spring still had the disorder. This led the Swedish to believe that it is not influenced by genetics. There were other findings with the pelvic inlet that showed the rate of bone maturation could be the cause of the hip dysplasia.

The Greyhound is the only canine grouping that is not affected by hip dysplasia. They tend to have a slower bone maturation than the other dogs. A study was done by breeding a Greyhound and German Shepherd. The first generation was found to have no hip dysplasia. The study also concluded that diet had a great influence on the bone maturation and how the bone would form.

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2 Responses to “Canine Hip Dysplasia”

  1. Eugene Says:

    Nice article. Thanks. :) Eugene

  2. Blend Says:

    Excellent blog, quite informative………

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