Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

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An improperly formed hip bone is a resultant of a condition known as Hip Dysplasia. The ball and socket joint of the hip don’t properly meet each other which in other terms is malformed, which results in causing painful wear and tear as the joint rubs and grinds instead of sliding smoothly

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History Of Common Breeds:

Each case of hip dysplasia is different, it all depends on the dog. A puppy of five months old can begin to develop hip dysplasia and it can become worst with their age although, the symptoms of this condition starts showing up in dogs in their middle or later years.
Larger breeds of dogs are commonly affected by hip dysplasia, such as, retrievers, Staffordshire terriers, mastiffs, bulldogs, Rottweiler and St.Bernards. However dogs of any breed can be susceptible to inherit this condition which can also include small breeds such as French bulldogs and pugs.

As the dog’s bone moves around a lot because the joint is loose, it causes excruciating wear and tear. Dysplastic changes in a dog can be irreversible, once osteoarthritis is also diagnosed. The dogs need to be treated with medical management. Around 76% of dogs suffering from secondary arthritis are able to live comfortable lives and are also able to function properly.

To understand hip dysplasia more briefly, we should know what joint has been affected. In a normal joint, the ball rotates easily and freely within the socket. The head of the femur is the ball portion while pelvis has socket located on it. The bones are shaped perfectly to facilitate each others movements and to strengthen the joint, the two bones are held together by a ligament which is too strong. The ligament attaches the head of the ball with the socket. Another strong connective tissue called the joint capsule also surrounds it, adding further balance. Articular surface is a cushioned and smooth surface of spongy cartilage where the bones actually touch each other. All these factors work together in a normal joint of a dog to functions with stability and smoothness.


Original Source: WikiPedia

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What Causes  It?

Did you know that hip dysplasia is the main cause of rear leg lameness in dogs? If your dog is suffering from lameness or other unusual change in activity he may be experiencing hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia can end up limiting your dog’s activity or causing pain if not properly treated. To understand and recognize the symptoms of this condition, it is important to know the causes of hip dysplasia in dogs.

Hip dysplasia is an inherited condition and has the highest-incidence rate in large breed dogs. The condition results in an improperly formed hip joint. Because the joint is improperly formed the dog’s leg bone moves around causing painful wear and tear. How does a dog develop this condition and why?

1. Genetics

  • If a dog’s parents have hip dysplasia, the animal’s offspring are at a greater risk of developing hip dysplasia. Just because a dog’s parents have hip dysplasia, it does not guarantee that the offspring will get it, but it does pass along the gene. Therefore, even if an offspring does not develop the condition, they may also pass it along to their future offspring.

2. Inappropriate exercise

  • Dogs that are genetically susceptible to the disease are at an increased risk of developing the disease if they are over exercised at a young age. However, exercise is extremely important for dogs and their health, especially when they are young. We recommend keeping a routine of moderate low impact exercise for your dog that is not hard on the joints. Running on pavement, jumping in situations where they land on their hind legs, and standing up on their back legs should be avoided.

3. Diet

  • According to peteducation.com, the amount of calories a dog consumes and when in his or her life, is the most important factor in determining whether or not a genetically susceptible dog will develop hip dysplasia. Obesity can also increase the severity of hip dysplasia in dogs that have the genetic predisposition for the disease. Not only can carry extra weight put strain on the joints, it will also increase your dog’s risk for osteoarthritis and other weight related conditions. It’s also important to monitor your dog’s daily for sufficient calcium and nutrients. A diet with too little calcium or other minerals could negatively impact the development of the hip joint.

As your dog ages it will be up to you to determine his activity and comfort levels. Conditions like hip dysplasia can limit their lives and create pain – situations we never want to see our pets go through. By educating yourself on the causes of hip dysplasia in dogs, you’ve taken the first step to giving your pets a more fulfilling life. To learn more about helping your dog age gracefully, download our free eBook by clicking the image below.

How to Diagnose In Dogs:

Physical examination, manual tests on the hips of the dog and radiographs are included in the evaluation for hip dysplasia.


  • Bunny hopping
  • Reluctant to jump, run or climb stairs
  • Swaying gait (moving your rear end back and forth)
  • Stiffness
  • Soreness of hips
  • Standing on hind legs or limping
  • Hesitating to exercise


  • Weight control to reduce mechanical stresses to the hip joints is the key to medical management of arthritis.
  • There should be a notch in front of the pelvic wings by easily palpating the ribs.
  • Controlled exercise can help relieve or prevent inflammatory process that can lead to pain related to arthritis.
  • Exercise should be started with short walks and should be gradually increased until the desired level of activity of the dog is attained.
  • Swimming is a very essential exercise for maintaining muscle tone as it is non-weight bearing exercise and your range of motion can also be maintained without placing strong forces on the joints.
  • The dog can be more comfortable by the exercises that help to improve joint range of motion and a dog’s intensity level to its maximum and cardio-vascular function without any pain, inflammation or stiffness to the joint.
  • Keep the dog in a warm environment by providing them with a well-padded, warm bed. The pain of arthritis from hip dysplasia can be controlled with the help of warmth. As the pain is worst in a cold and damp environment.
  • There are several surgical options as well
  • Healthy diet is important
  • Pain-relieving medication provided by the veterinary can help manage the condition.

If hip dysplasia is left untreated, dogs can usually develop osteoarthritis and continues to progress which eventually causes the crippling of the ball and socket joint. In severe cases, the dog will eventually be unable to use his/her hind legs and can suffer from extreme pain. If the disease is diagnosed and treatment is started, then the dogs can live an active and full life.

Problems faced by dog owners whose dogs are suffering from hip dysplasia:

A lot of problems dog owners face with dogs that have hip dysplasia. Dogs having hip dysplasia needs a lot of extra care and attention. Dog owners spend a lot of money on the treatment and surgeries of dogs which can range from $800 million to $2 billion who suffer from this painful disease. Dog owners cannot bear the pain of their beloved dogs and their sufferings as they are a part of their family member and cannot see them like this, so one way or the other, they are bound to do their treatment and take care of them. They have to spend hours and hours on their dogs, e.g. taking them for swimming and other exercises, keeping them warm, maintaining a healthy diet etc.


The manufacturer of Flexcin also created Flexpet which has all the ingredients used by humans for pets. For the good joint health of your pet, Flexpet is a great product with all the natural supplements. It helps to reduce any inflammation in the pet’s body and helps in the lubrication of its muscles and joints. This product supports better overall muscle health and better cartridge health. This supplement is available in a tablet form which is chewable and is loved by dogs. Ingredients used in this supplement are completely free of side effects and is natural. It does not contain any artificial coloring or flavoring.

Ingredients used:

The ingredients used are:

  • Cetyl Myristoleate
  • MSM
  • Proteolyytic Enzyme Blend
  • Chicken Collagen
  • Glucosamine
  • Bromelain

These are the main ingredients used in the making of Flexpet, which makes it such a good supplement for a good joint health. Increased joint and muscle health for your pet is ensured by this supplement. The ingredient Bromelain is very essential as it is used to reduce or get rid of inflammation inside the dog’s body.

When should you this supplement to your dog?

As soon as your pet is showing any signs of discomfort, this supplement can be used for the relief and control of pain in joints. Usually this supplement is used for the treatment of Hip dysplasia in dogs which is very common nowadays. This is the easiest and less expensive treatment and is convenient for the dog owners as well. A good energy boost can be provided with the help of Flexpet which is needed by your pet. Flexpet will help your pet get quickly on its feet and enjoy a healthier life with healthy joints.
This supplement cannot be used as a pain relieving medicine but a supplement that is used for the lubrication of joints and encourages better body functions overall in your pet’s body. This helps to treat the root cause unlike other tablets such as painkillers which only relieves the pain in muscles or joints.

Usage Directions:
Flexpet can be easily consumed by your pet. It comes in a chewable tablet form. However, it is important to know the dosage of the medicine in order to avoid any health problems which can lead because of wrong dosage.
Following is the ideal dosage that should be given to a dog using this Flexpet:
• For small sized dogs:
1-2 tablets daily
• For large dogs:
2-3 tablets daily
• For extra large sized dogs:
3-4 tablets daily

Make sure that with this dosage of the supplement, the nutrition intake and exercises should be plenty. Flexpet does not magically treat problems, extra care needs to be taken. It is best to use this supplement for consistently three weeks after seeing any symptoms of hip dysplasia.

Buying instructions and prices:
Each container of Flexpet contains 30 serving. And each container costs $79.90 and it also has discounts available if you purchase more than two containers. For buying two containers, you get one free. It also offers an unlimited time money back guarantee for safe shipping. Before judging its capabilities, it is recommended that you use this supplement for at least three weeks.

Comments 31

  1. Kelsey, 6yr. old, x-tra large male, full left hip replacement on 09/11/2015. Kelsey was dragging his right hind leg. He was operated for a blown knee on 04/16/2015. Kelsey’s knee was blown from over compensating for his left, deteriorated hip! At the time of the knee issue, the vet did not xray his hind quarters. Six weeks after the hip was checked, Kelsey showed a femur fracture, resulting from the hip replacement. He will see his vet on 11/12/2015, to determine if he’ll need addtional surgery to repair the femur fracture! 11/06/2015, Kelsey appears to have improved, walking. He has been hopping on three legs for the past two months. Kelsey has also been fighting an autoimmune disease, Perianul Fistula for the past 3yrs! This boy is a real “trooper”! We will continue to get him the best treatment available. Animal Planet’s featured vet, Dr. Kevin Fitzgerld has been treating his autoimmune disease. He has saved this German Shepherd’s life. Kelsey’s surgeries have been very expensive….he is priceless to us.

    1. You are not kidding a trooper he is! I know you are seeing the vet and what not, but would be worth it to check out our ingredients. https://flexpet.com/#collapse-1

      We have had a lot of dog owners with dogs that had autoimmune issues that benefited from Flexpet. The CM8 ingredient is really what sets us apart from the other companies. Just let us know if you need any more info and seriously keep us posted with Kelsey!

  2. My German Shepherd was diagnosed at 7 months with hip dysplasia, started immediately with supplements, lifted food and water bowls, fluffy bed near heat, she liked being in a covered bed for years, just a cardboard box did the trick. As she got older she slept on the bed, needed help getting up of course. Had to go down a flight of stairs so my husband built a ramp to make it easier. She was on meds. & supplements all her life as well as food prescribed by vet, but what she loved the most was the massages I gave her, our quiet time. She had arthritis from the beginning and that got so bad we had to have her put to sleep at 8.5 years old. Still miss her terribly, even after 5 years.

    1. Hi Cynthia. I’m so sorry to hear about your dog – I know it’s tough when something like this emerges.

      Of course, we always recommend talking to your vet for advice specific to your dog. However, about 1/3 of the way down this page under “treatment”, we have several recommendations of general aids for your dog that typically help hip dysplasia (such as swimming, healthy diet, etc.). Flexpet has often been very successful in helping pets with hip dysplasia as well. You can see information regarding samples and trying Flexpet risk-free here: https://flexpet.com/sample-offer/

      Please let us know if we can help any further!

  3. A neighbor’s dog had this. Despite loving the dog dearly, it was hard for them to keep up with the medicine cost and supplements they decided to give up the dog in the shelter. Lucky for the dog, one of the shelter’s aide took pity and adopted her. It wasn’t easy for the neighbor’s to do that. But they had to since it was hard to finance everything.

  4. My almost 11 yr old cockapoo/terrier ,Maizy,has been showing signs of hip dysplasia for a couple years now. Every time she does a lot of running or jumping.
    We try to keep her weight down and go for regular walks, but still goes through a few days of severe pain after every couple months.
    Right now, I have to carry her down stairs and she can barely squat to go potty. 🙁
    We give her extra bath time, she loves a warm bath! Lots of soft blankets and one baby aspirin every morning for 3-5 days.
    We can’t afford fancy medications, but this seems to work.
    I ak researching affordable supplements that we can give her to help slow down this disease.
    I love my dog so much, but could never afford fancy treatments,or even the $300 vet bill just to do blood work to find out more info about her disease.
    Just trying to love and care for Maizy to the best way I can.

  5. My 15 year old Labrador is having trouble walking she has hip dysplasia and a torn ligament in her right knee do you think this would help

    1. Yes, this should be helpful in reducing the inflammation, relieving pain, and lubricating the joints. You should see a difference in her movement after the first week or two. We recommend trying a full bottle to make sure you see the full effects. If after that time it doesn’t work (though it should), you can return the empty bottle for a full refund.

  6. Ready to get started. Max is a 7 yr old Shepard and is in need of help badly. Although not our dog, my boyfriend and I are going to help Max. Cannot stand to watch him suffer from the pain any longer. We love dogs and love Max

  7. I have a 8 month old Rottweiler that has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and I don’t know if I want to put him through the surgery or if would even cure him. He is still growing any suggestions?

    1. Hi Rick. This sounds like a really good case to try Flexpet. If you want to try to avoid the surgery, Flexpet can help eliminate the pain and inflammation, and lubricate the joints making movement more comfortable. You should see results in about 1-2 weeks. We give a money back guarantee too, so if you feel like after a month or two, Flexpet isn’t working, you can just send us back the empty bottles (up to 3) for a refund. We’d suggest giving it a shot. However, this will not fix the actual bone structure issues, which is what dysplasia is. It just helps deal with the pain and movement so your dog is comfortable and can resume regular activity. We do have a lot of customers (especially Rottweiler and German Shepherd owners) that just give their dog Flexpet to help with dysplasia, and they’re very happy with it (and have elected not to go through with surgery as a result).

      Let us know if we can help you with anything else!

  8. I have a 5 month old St. Bernard. I know they are a cold weather dog but we got her in mid winter and it has been well below zero. We crate trained her and she is mostly in the house. She won’t stay outside for long. Lately she suddenly yelps for no reason. If she slips on our wood flooring she yelps at times also. Does this sound like hip dysplasia?

    1. It’s honestly really hard to say, Ken. It sounds like it’s definitely worth a trip to the vet to see what’s wrong. Typical warning signs of hip dysplasia have to do with the dogs movement and sitting positions. There may be something else going on here, but only a vet can say for sure. Sorry we can’t be of more help there.

  9. Can this happen right at birth? My American pit bull had 3 puppies with a great Dane-boxer. One survived the birth. Since day one he has been dragging his back side around his little feet are kicking out and trying to stand but he just usually falls over or flattens out on his belly he’s 3 weeks old now and seems the same. He’s a happy playful pup but something is not right for sure. Any help would be appreciated trying to find the cause of this.

  10. Have a9year old German Shepard female, about 70lbs. Last week and havle, been having trouble getting up. Once she gets up everything is fine, she runs and jumps playing with the grandkids.

  11. I have a 4 year old Doberman bitch. I have always walked her daily between 4 to 6 miles which has done witch she has happily done, but for the last 2 weeks she has been reluctant to go out. Each time after walking about 400 yards to the end of the street she seems to panic. Her tail goes between her legs and she seem to cower as if she is really frightened. When I turn around to go back home she nearly runs up the street. She has also started sleeping a lot more than usual. She is very lethargic with no appetite, which has always been very good, and wants constant attention, wanting to lay on me or my wife when I sit on the sofa, cuddling in like a small child. She doesn’t seem to be in pain. I have noticed recently when she is walking she seems to wobbly not her legs but her whole body from front to back

    1. Always consult a vet first, but Flexpet is an all-natural supplement so there should be nothing that will interfere with existing medications.

  12. Is Flexpet available in India also. I am from India and would like to know whether this medicine is available in India as well. If yes please share with me the contact information.

  13. I have a labador she is 1yr old…just before she turned a year old about 2mths prior I noticed a little bunny hop. Now that she is a year old I noticed if she is standing and going to turn she bunny hops with both legs to turn. Do you think this is the starting point of hip displysha? If so what is the best way to control it before it worsens? Since she is only1yr old

  14. My st. Bernard will be 11 years old this December and he is already showing signs of having hip problems I don’t have any money to take him to the vet he won’t even go down the stairs to go to the bathroom what can I do to help ease his pain until I can get him to a vet

  15. My bullmastiff is about 3 years old and having trouble getting up and down off my king size bed where he lives to sleep. He struggled to get on my bed and off. What should I do. I’m worried about my fur baby.

    1. Hi Janice. It’s tough to say without knowing more about your dog. Is he overweight? Is he showing any other slowing down or signs of struggle? Any other difficulties? If it’s simply sore joints, we would recommend trying Flexpet to see if that helps relieve some of the pain he’s feeling and reduce inflammation. If it doesn’t help, we do offer a full money back guarantee. However, if there is something else at play, such as an illness, weight issue, etc., Flexpet may not be the most helpful thing. In that case, you’ll need to consult your vet.

      There could also be a CCL injury (basically the equivalent of an ACL in humans). Flexpet can help with recovery for that if it’s a strain, but can’t repair something like a tear. You’ll really need to consult a vet there too to be sure. If it is a strain, Flexpet can help, but you’ll also want to make sure you limit movement to a degree (dog’s don’t understand resting an injury like we do, and if he starts feeling better, he may overwork a hurt leg).

      Hope all that helps! Please let us know if you have additional questions.

    1. Sugar is used as a binding agent in the formula, so we would recommend checking with your vet before buying Flexpet. You may want to try the smaller “on the go” pack before purchasing a full bottle too, depending on your vet’s advice, in order to make ensure it’s a good fit for your dog.

  16. I have a 11 Year Old Shi-Poo and he’s recently been diagnosed with hip dysphasia. We took him to a vet 2 weeks ago and they gave us inflammation meds. Shorts after the visit, I began to notice huge swelling near the dislocated joint. My only question is can the swelling be due to the severity of the joint dislocation and hip dysphasia or something else?? And did anyone have any similar cases?

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