Hip Dysplasia

What is a Hip Dysplasia?

Hip Dysplasia is a common complaint in animals, and usually occurs when the joint has not developed perfectly, so the ball & socket do not match up in joints. It is often associated with large breeds of dogs and can start when they are only a few months old. Any non-alignment will result in abnormal wear, and can lead to osteoarthritis.

How do we treat Hip Dysplasia?

There is no complete cure for hip dysplasia. The role of Physio Vet is to offer options to alleviate the clinical signs. What we offer is a better quality of life for your pet with reduced pain. In patients with mild dysplasia, we help control the pain, stimulate healing and build muscle to support the affected joints. Our treatments also help pets who have had joint replacements as a result of hip dysplasia. Physiotherapy treatments, such as laser or manual therapies can help control pain, help repair joint surfaces whilst maintaining or even increasing the range of motion in the affected joints.

Non-surgical interventions for dog hip dysplasia include weight control, exercise control, and medication. Weight control is crucial as the less weight the dog carries the less pressure there is on the joint. Exercise is also very important. We have an underwater treadmill that can help dogs with dysplasia to exercise. Of course, these are complimentary to any medications that a vet prescribes.

Please note, if your dog shows any sign of lameness, it is important to seek veterinary advice. The vet will be able to advise on treatment and prescribe pain medication. Dysplasia can be treated surgically or non-surgically.

If you would like your pet to be seen by one of the Physio Vet team, then the initial contact should be made by your normal veterinary surgeon. A referral can only be made by them, who will provide us with all the medical information we require in order to treat your pet. Once we have this information, we will then arrange everything else, but please feel free to contact us to discuss the process in further detail, or if you have any questions.