If you're a dog lover, you may have heard about hip dysplasia. In this edition of Pet Pointers, YNN's Lisa Chelenza explains the condition, and how it may impact your pet.
Hip dysplasia occurs in millions of dogs. However, the condition happens most often in large purebreds. Breeds such as German Shepherds or Golden Retrievers are often diagnosed. It can be diagnosed in puppies as young as five months.
"Treatments for hip dysplasia includes pain management through the use of medication, moderate exercise, physical therapy and even acupuncture. Only in severe, but special cases, would a hip replacement be an option," explained Dr. Bookbinder. "There are also things you can do at home to help a dog with hip dysplasia or other joint issues. Provide carpets on slippery surfaces, keep them warm dry and comfortable, don’t allow them to jump and pick them up when they need a little help."
Although it is more common on larger dogs, any breed can develop hip dysplasia. Talk to your veterinarian about your concerns, and decide together on treatment options to help your pet live a healthy pain free life.