Hip Dysplasia

The story of Humphrey’s hips

Humphrey was brought in to see us because he was nibbling around his back end, becoming slow on walks, sitting down a lot and generally not behaving like a normal active two year old!

During his examination the vet noticed that Humphrey did not like his back legs being examined at all and she thought all his signs could be explained by painful back legs so Humphrey was booked in for some x-rays to find out more.

Humphrey’s X-rays unfortunately showed moderate hip dysplasia with some mild secondary changes (arthritis). As you can see in the X-ray below compared to some normal hips the ball part of the joint does not sit fully within the socket part.

Hip Dysplasia Good hip joints

There are lots of different options available for managing hip dysplasia from physiotherapy to full hip replacement surgery, the choice is dependent on the severity of the problem and the pet’s age.

Humphrey was started on a weight control program, prescription joint supplements and anti-inflammatory medications to keep him happy and healthy and pain free.

It is very important to keep a healthy weight for any dog but especially for dogs with joint problems as being overweight puts a great deal of pressure on the joints.