Having a bad hip isn’t an issue exclusively for humans. Did you know dogs can have hip problems, too? According to the Journal of Veterinary Medicine, canine hip dysplasia (CHD) affects 15.56% of all dogs.
Clearly, CHD is a common affliction. Learn all about what it is, its symptoms, and how it can be treated below.
What is hip dysplasia in dogs?
Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a condition that affects the hip bones of dogs, especially larger dogs and certain large breeds. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint, so it relies on smooth twisting. If a dog’s hip joint doesn’t develop properly, the joints can rub together, deteriorate, and cause pain and other issues. Over time, the hip joint loses cartilage, forms scar tissue and bone spurs, and causes issues.
While CHD can be hereditary, it can also be caused by old age. CHD most commonly occurs in young dogs with CHD or older dogs with arthritis; arthritis can be caused in part…