476 Myrtle Ave

Brooklyn, NY 11205 US

718-623-3999

Open mobile navigation

Hip Dysplasia


Hip dysplasia tends to strike fear into dog owners because of the problems this condition can lead to.  While hip dysplasia certainly can be problematic in dogs, it is treatable.  With proper veterinary care, dogs with hip dysplasia are able to live completely fulfilling and normal lives if the condition is properly treated and managed.  Below, let's more learn about this common condition in dogs.

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

What is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is a disease in dogs that impacts the way the back hip joint functions.  The hip joint is made of a ball and socket connection, relying on a tight fit between the top of the leg bone and the hip socket.  When these two bones do not line up correctly, the socket can become worn.  This can lead to pain and swelling, and arthritis can start to develop in the joint.  Often, large breed dogs are more prone to this disease, such as Great Danes, Newfoundlands, and St. Bernards, but it is possible to have hip dysplasia in any dog.  This is most commonly a degenerative disease, but can also form in dogs without any prior family history.

What are the Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs?

Most commonly, owners report seeing their dogs limp or have an uneven gait.  The dog may appear to do a "bunny hop" with his or her back legs instead of a normal stride.  Your pet may appear unwilling to move, jump or run.  During movement, you may notice a grinding or popping sensation in the hip area.  Further, your pet may appear to have a narrow stance or even start to lose some muscle mass in the back legs.

How can a Veterinarian Help?

A veterinarian can both help diagnose and treat hip dysplasia in dogs.  A vet will be able to first evaluate your dog and determine the severity of hip dysplasia your pet has.  This may be completed through a combination of a physical evaluation, to feel how the joint and socket connect to one another, or with X-Rays taken at the animal hospital.  Following the evaluation, your vet will create a treatment plan.  This can be as simple as some additive vitamins and nutrients to help with discomfort, or physical exercise to keep the joint strong.  In severe cases, your pet may have to undergo surgery to help create a tighter hip joint.  

Schedule an Appointment Today!

Our team at Clinton Hills Animal Clinic is passionate about caring for your pets.  We believe that each pet is an individual, and do not prescribe to "one size fits all" treatment plans.  Our team is caring, understanding, and knowledgeable and can help treat your pet's hip dysplasia.  Our office is centrally located at 476 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY, 11205.  To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call our office today at 718-623-3999. 

New to Clinton Hill Animal Clinic?

Sign-up to request more information!

Office Hours

Monday:

10:30 am-7:00 pm

Tuesday:

10:30 am-7:00 pm

Wednesday:

10:30 am-7:00 pm

Thursday:

Closed

Friday:

10:30 am-7:00 pm

Saturday:

10:30 am-5:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed

Location

Find us on the map

Testimonials

Read What Our Clients Say

  • "To Dr Dendtler and Staff, I cant begin to tell you how impressed I am with the loving care you have given to my cat Baxter, before and after the much needed surgery. Baxter is so pleased with the outcome; he goes around purring all day."
    Thanks again. -Estelle P.
  • "Dear Pamella, We want to thank all of you so much, not only for the loving care and consideration you showed us last Thursday when we had to say goodbye to Gericho but also for all the years of check-ups and other crisis' that we went through with him. We know it was your good efforts that allowed him to live a full and vigorous 16 years that gave us so much pleasure. Please know that we have always found your staff to be so courteous and helpful all these years."
    Thank you. -Cathy W.
  • "Dear Dr. Dendtler, You were very thorough and caring in treating Buddy. You explained clearly how to protect my dog. I have been to many clinics but you are the best. You were very professional and compassionate. Buddy and I are very grateful. Thanks ever so much to you and your staff."
    John L.
  • "Hi Dr Dendtler, Thank you so very much for fixing my eye. I can see clearly now…I can see all obstacles in my way! Love Vernell R"
    Vernell R.

Featured Articles

Read about interesting topics

  • Sugar Gliders

    Thinking of getting a sugar glider? These tiny marsupials are energetic and friendly, making them popular choices as pets. Though they weigh less than a half-pound, they're more closely related to kangaroos than they are flying squirrels. If you think a sugar glider would make an ideal pet for your family, ...

    Read More
  • Prairie Dogs

    Prairie dogs are cute, affable creatures. But before taking one on as a pet, check your local laws. In some states, such as Colorado, it's illegal to keep prairie dogs as pets. Mostly, this is because they may spread monkeypox. If you live in a state that welcomes pet prairie dogs, be sure to buy from ...

    Read More
  • How to Help Your New Cat Feel Welcomed in Your Home

    Adopting a cat or kitten? Here's what you can do to help your cat adjust to its new home. ...

    Read More
  • Skunks

    Home and Veterinary Care for Pet Skunks If you're an adventurous pet owner, you may love exotic animals such as skunks. You'll be happy to learn that skunks can indeed make excellent domestic pets, but only if they receive the proper care to enjoy a happy, healthy life. Your veterinary team can help ...

    Read More
  • Flying Squirrels

    Much like sugar gliders, flying squirrels make affectionate pets when purchased young and raised by their owner. Unlike sugar gliders, however, flying squirrels are rodents that need veterinary care specific to the species. Your veterinary team can help with the care and treatment of flying squirrels. ...

    Read More
  • Fennec Foxes

    Fennec Fox Care Guide With oversized ears and mischievous faces, fennec foxes are cute as can be. But these exotic pets require a lot of care to stay healthy and happy. Health At just three pounds, fennec foxes are the smallest member of the fox family. Native to the Sahara desert, fennec foxes are ...

    Read More
  • Fish

    If you’re thinking of getting a pet fish, you should know that your veterinarian has a lot of good advice about pet ownership. Fish can be very rewarding as pets, and you just may be surprised about how much fish actually interact with their owners. Here’s more valuable information about choosing ...

    Read More
  • Snakes

    If you’re looking for a low-maintenance pet, then you might be interested in owning a snake. However, there are a few aspects of owning a snake that you need to be aware of before you make this type of commitment. Here’s what you need to know. What to Know Before Choosing a Pet Snake Before you purchase ...

    Read More
  • Domestic Pigs

    Pigs are great for families who want a relatively exotic but easy to care for a pet. Whether miniature, like a pot-bellied pig, or a full-sized animal, caring for a pig is similar to caring for a cat or dog. Health Domestic pigs need to see a veterinarian regularly for vaccinations and checkups. We ...

    Read More
  • Gerbils

    Gerbils are great little pets for pet owners who don't have room for a dog or cat. They're friendly and fun to watch, but they do take a moderate level of care and investment. If you're thinking of getting a gerbil, here's what you'll need to know to keep him happy and healthy, including giving him a ...

    Read More

Newsletter Signup

Sign up for more articles