Hip Dysplasia in Dogs and Cats

This is when there is a malformation of the hip joint. The hip joint is made up of a ball and socket, when there is a malformation the ball and socket do not meet one another properly, resulting in rubbing and grinding instead of a smooth sliding. This will lead to the cartilage and bone of the hip to wear down.


  • Decreased activity
  • Hindlimb lameness
  • Hip sensitivity
  • Narrow stance


It is hereditary and much more common in larger dogs. Other factors which could contribute as well are;
  • Excessive growth rate
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Improper weight 
  • Nutrition.


  • Physical therapy
  • Weight reduction
  • Anti-inflammatory medication 
  • Surgery

This condition is common in the following Dogs & Cats

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