Hip and elbow problems

Hip and Elbow dysplasia is a condition common in all types of dogs, however is more commonly problematic in large and giant breed dogs.

Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia occurs when there is a deformity of the hip joint that occurs during the growth period in your dog.

Signs of hip dysplasia can be observed from as little at 6 weeks of age, however there is not clear distinction between age and severity in this disease.

Signs of hip dysplasia:

  • Limping and hind leg lameness
  • Swaying and staggering and lack of co-ordination of the hind legs
  • Reluctance to jump or run around
  • Abnormal gait
  • Difficulty in standing or lying down.

Is there a treatment for hip dysplasia?

Treatment will depend on the severity and age of the dog with hip dysplasia. There are both non-surgical and surgical options in order to help you pet’s condition.

Signs of elbow dysplasia

  • Sudden acute elbow lameness and pain
  • Intermittant or persistant lameness in the forelimbs, usually aggravated by exercise.
  • Pain when extending or flexing the elbow
  • Fluid build up in the joint
  • Diminished range of motion

Elbow dysplasia

Elbow dysplasia occurs as a result of abnormal growth of the cells, tissue or bone within the elbow joint.

The causes are either or a combination of genetics, development and nutrition.

Not all pets will show signs of this condition when they are young.

Is there a treatment for elbow dysplasia?

Treatment of this condition will depend on the severity of the elbow dysplasia. Surgery is recommended in many cases however there is also medical management options if the problem is mild or the act of surgery is unlikely to improve the joint.

Worried about your pets hips and elbows?

If you are concerned your pet has elbow or hip dysplasia then you should seek veterinary advice immediately. The sooner you act, the more we can help your pet by minimising arthritic changes as the condition worsens. Phone our friendly team for more information or to make an appointment.