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Radiography #1: Hip Dysplasia in Dogs. The Hips Don’t Lie

Updated: Nov 19, 2018


Shakira was right when she said ‘hips don’t lie’, but maybe this was for different reasons. In our case, we are talking about hip dysplasia. If your dog has been less active, limping, reluctant to run or jump or having trouble sitting down and standing up, they could have hip dysplasia!


Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip joints, normally with secondary degenerative / arthritic changes. This can cause pain and abnormalities in movement. It is much more common in large breed dogs, but can be seen in any pooch.


A physical examination and radiographs can usually diagnose this common condition, and the changes can be quite dramatic.



This x-ray shows normal hips. The top of the femur (red circle) is round, and is sitting within the hip joint nicely (green dotted line).

We can’t say the same for this case. As you can see, the top of the femur is almost square and is hardly sitting in the hip joint anymore.



We can’t say the same for this case. As you can see, the top of the femur is almost square and is hardly sitting in the hip joint anymore.



These hips speak for themselves and is about as severe as they come. These femurs are oval in shape and are not sitting at all within the hip joint. Who else can see what’s wrong in this image?

Along with a good physical examination, radiographs are fantastic at detecting hip dysplasia. If it is caught early, medical and/or surgical options are available to help slow the secondary degenerative / arthritic changes and maintain fantastic quality of life for years to come.

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