Max has recently visited us after his owner noticed that he was ‘bunny hopping’ when using his back legs.
X-rays were performed under general anaesthetic and Max was diagnosed with hip dysplasia. Hips are ball and socket joints, and so hip dysplasia is when the hip joints don’t quite fit together and can become unstable.
Max’s x-rays were referred to a specialist and he is now currently receiving physiotherapy and hydrotherapy. Max will also require a veterinary prescribed diet with supplements to assist with joint care.
Some patients with this condition require surgery to correct the hip joint, if the case is severe enough.
Hip dysplasia requires lifelong treatment but with daily physiotherapy at home the outlook for Max is positive!
Any breed may develop hip dysplasia, but some are at greater risk than others. These include larger pedigree breeds such as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Newfoundlands and Rottweilers.
Lameness and stiff movements, especially after exercise, can suggest joint issues – so keep an eye on your pets mobility and be sure to let us know if you’re concerned!