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.
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.
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.