How Do I Know if my Dog Has Hip and Joint Pain?

When a playful puppy transitions into a dog, they’re bound to slow down physically. Although they may greet you with a tail wag, and get excited for a walk, they are slower and demonstrate more fatigue. But some pet owners may ask, how do I know if my pet is experiencing hip pain?

Canine Hip Dysplasia

Canine Hip Dysplasia is a common skeletal condition that affects all sorts of dogs. Essentially what this means is the ball and socket do not fit or develop properly, and they rub and grind instead of sliding smoothly. This results in quick deterioration over time and an eventual loss of function of the joint itself.

What leads to Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is hereditary and is especially common in larger dogs. However, improper nutrition can also influence a dog’s likelihood of developing hip dysplasia, as can too much exercise or too little. Obesity puts a lot of stress on your dog’s joints and can cause hip dysplasia as well.

What are the signs my dog has hip pain?

  • Decreased activity
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Difficulty or reluctance rising, jumping, running, or climbing stairs
  • Grating in the joint during movement
  • Limping

If your pet is experiencing any of the following consult with your veterinarian to get a proper diagnosis. 

How can I treat my dogs hip pain?

There are many ways to treat hip pain, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis on your pet so that you can best asses the problem. Some solutions to hip pain can be weight loss, physical therapy or joint supplements.

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