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Hip Dysplasia

Hip dysplasia is a common disorder in dogs. There is a wide range of severity associated with this condition, from mild to severe. Hip dysplasia can be seen in dogs as young as 6 months of age and older. Many breeds are affected by hip dysplasia, but it is more common in Bernese Mountain Dogs, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, Labrador Retrievers, Rottweilers, St. Bernards, and Welsh Corgis. Clinical signs in dogs with hip dysplasia can be bunny hopping and reluctance to play, jump, or go on long walks.

Hip dysplasia can be diagnosed radiographically (X-rays). We offer both OFA (Orthopedic Foundation for Animals) and PENNHIP radiographs for evaluation of your dog’s hips. Our doctors will discuss with you the treatment options for hip dysplasia. For surgical correction, we offer a procedure known as FHO (femoral head ostectomy). We also have rehabilitation options to help with hip dysplasia.

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