Hip dysplasia is a skeletal defect in dogs and cats. It is far more common in dogs and it is usually an inherited problem.
Dogs have played an important part in our lives for thousands of years and certain breeds that were developed for specific tasks such as herding, guarding, hunting and pulling were inbred to strengthen certain positive traits. Unfortunately this also strengthened certain negative traits and hip dysplasia is one of these characteristics.
Larger dogs tend to suffer the most from this condition including Boxers, Huskies, Great Danes and German Shepherds. The more active breeds also tend to be at risk such as sheep and police dogs.
HOW DOES THE DYSPLASIA OCCUR?
At the top of the leg or femur is the femoral head and this normally rests in the socket of the joint called the acetabulum. We normally refer to this as a ball and socket joint.
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