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.

Be Referred

We would love to be able to get your pet back on their feet. We don’t require a referral from your vet for your pet to receive treatment with us. We will contact your first opinion vet for a history and any X-rays etc. You just need to turn up with your ‘fur baby’ – and both relax! We have made Physio-Vet, as unlike a normal vets as possible. We don’t have examination tables, we have comfortable mats, so that we are down at your ‘fur baby’s’ level, to reassure them whilst they are examined and initial appointments aren’t rushed either, as we allow a full hour for it. So, please rest assured your ‘fur baby’ is in good, caring hands!
To make an appointment, please call 01270 586008 or email us on info@physio-vet.co.uk