Rottweiler Guide


About Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia in Rottweilers.

With a lot of large and giant breeds of dog, hip dysplasia is very common. This includes Rottweiler's, German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labradors, great Danes, Saint Bernard's and also mixed breeds. Hip dysplasia is a disease that is caused by joint looseness. The hip socket is formed by a ball which is the hip bone and the socket which is the hip socket. They can become loose and won't sit properly together which will cause friction. The friction can cause the dog to lose function in the hip joints.

Hip dysplasia is a progressive disease which can cause the hips to degenerate and the dog will eventually lose the use of its hind legs and may suffer extreme pain. If hip dysplasia is caught early enough in the dog's life, it can be maintained by medication and treatmentv a good vet and a good rottweiler health insurance policy is advisable. This lets the dog be able to live a happy and active life still.

It's unfortunate that some dogs are born with hip dysplasia; this is a complex disorder with multiple genes involved. Just because the dog is born with this disease does not mean that it won't be able to live a happy life. It will be treated the same as a dog that gets hip dysplasia at a later stage. Also dogs that get hip dysplasia later on in life can be linked to a form of arthritis which is called osteoarthritis. This can cause the joint cartridge to deteriorate. Dogs can also get this disease from environmental factors. Fast weight gain, obesity, nutritional factors, poor hind limb muscle development, previous pelvic injuries or repetitive strain can also cause this.

It doesn't matter whether the dog is born with it or develops it in a later date, the pain and mobility the dog has can vary. A dog that has severe hip dysplasia may not feel much pain and be able to lead a normal life and active life. But a dog with minor hip dysplasia may be in a lot of pain and hardly be able to walk.

Symptoms to look out for:
• Not enjoying walks/exercise
• Bunny hoping - (up stairs also)
• Back end moves back and forth
• Stiffness with back legs
• Being in pain - (crying, moaning)
• Difficulty in doing day to day things - (getting up, lying down)
• Not being able to jump, run or climb up/down stairs
• 1 Back legs more close together than front legs

Also as the disease deteriorates these following symptoms may appear:

• Arthritis
• Hate being touched/stroked
• Sudden aggression
• Aggressive behaviour



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