How is hip dysplasia treated in dogs?
Most cases of hip dysplasia are managed medically. Arthritis will develop in the hip joints over time, resulting in discomfort. Managing your dog’s weight, gentle exercise, hydrotherapy and joint supplements are all useful in treating the symptoms of the disease.
Later in your dog’s life, they may require pain medication. In some cases, surgery can be performed. It’s a good idea to discuss costs with your vet before starting any treatment.
If you’re thinking of adopting a dog with hip dysplasia
Make sure you review the clinical history of your new dog and ask for more details on how the condition has been treated. You’ll need to sign a disclaimer to confirm you’ve been made aware of the condition. Any dog who’s had treatment is likely to have pet insurance exclusions, so it’s worth discussing potential on-going costs with your vet.