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Canine Hip Dysplasia

For dog owners, a veterinary diagnosis of hip dysplasia is upsetting and terrifying. We immediately envision years of pain and reduced quality of life. Fortunately, modern medicine offers a number of management options to keep your animal healthy for years to come. Our veterinary hospital and clinic is dedicated to educating the pet parents of Council Bluffs and Glenwood and wanted to share the following information. 

What Is It?

Most common in larger dogs, hip dysplasia is a skeletal condition where the hip’s ball and socket joints don’t fit properly. They rub and grind, rather than sliding. Over time, the hip deteriorates, causing loss of joint function. 

What Causes It?

There are two known causes of hip dysplasia: genetics and diet. While this condition poses a threat to all dogs, larger breeds such as Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Great Danes, and Saint Bernards are at greater risk. Your veterinarian can help you develop a strategy to ensure proper exercise and nutritional care, both of which can help slow down your pet’s growth rate and reduce the risk of developing this condition.

Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia

While some dogs exhibit signs as a young puppy, most don’t show symptoms until they’re older. If you notice any of the following, visit your local veterinary hospital or clinic for diagnosis and treatment:

  • Reduced range of motion 

  • Trouble running, jumping, standing up, or climbing stairs

  • Reduced activity

  • Narrow stance and swaying gait

  • Lameness in hind area and loss of leg muscle mass

  • Enlargement of shoulder muscles

  • Pain and stiffness

Treatment Options

Your veterinarian will devise a treatment plan based on level of discomfort and clinical signs. Effective treatment options include:

  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

  • Moderate daily exercise

  • Glucosamine

  • Physical therapy

  • Chondroitin sulfate

  • Polysulfated glycosaminoglycan injections 

  • Omega-3 fatty acid nutritional supplements

  • Surgery

  • Acupuncture

Call for an Appointment Today

The key to a healthy life is preventative pet care. Call or visit us online to request an appointment at one of our two locations. Animal Clinic Of Council Bluffs - (712) 323-0598 and Glenwood Veterinary Clinic - (712) 527-9454.

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Monday:

7:00 am-5:00 pm

Tuesday:

7:00 am-5:30 pm

Wednesday:

7:00 am-5:30 pm

Thursday:

7:00 am-5:30 pm

Friday:

7:00 am-5:30 pm

Saturday:

7:00 am-12:00 pm

Sunday:

Closed