Hip dysplasia is one of the most common chronic conditions in cats and dogs. While it can occur in younger animals, it is most common in older animals whose joints have worn over time. So, what is hip dysplasia? What effects can it have on your pet? Most importantly, what is the best treatment option?

Fortunately, we will provide answers to all of these questions. The Animal Clinic of Honolulu has years of experience treating dogs and cats of all shapes and sizes, so we know how to get your animal back on its paws.

What Is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is a condition in which the hip socket does not fully cover the upper end of the thigh bone. This condition can be present from birth in animals. However, it can also develop as  they get older, as is often the case. In dogs and cats that live active lifestyles, the natural wear-and-tear on the joints and hip sockets can naturally lead to hip dysplasia over time.

What Effects Does Hip Dysplasia Have on Pets?

Unfortunately, hip dysplasia can cause a great deal of discomfort for dogs and cats. Since the condition can cause the thigh bones to become dislocated, this can cause pain when pets attempt to walk or run. As the condition tends to worsen over time, hip dysplasia can even limit mobility. In extreme cases, animals may lose all use of their hind legs.

What Treatment Options Are Available?

There are numerous ways to prevent hip dysplasia or limit the effects of the condition if it has already set in. Here are a few of the best preventative measures and treatment options for hip dysplasia in dogs and cats:

  • Change in diet: Reducing your pet’s weight, especially if it is above average for its breed or size, will help take the pressure off of its hips. This, in turn, lessens the wear on the hip socket.
  • Limit exercise: While it is important for overweight animals to lose weight, they should not be engaging in intense exercise. When they do exercise, they should be on softer surfaces like grass or sand.
  • Joint supplements: Many of the same treatments used for people with hip dysplasia apply to animals. Joint supplements can help build joint and bone strength in dogs and cats.
  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy with a trained veterinarian can help alleviate pain and increase the range of movement in your pet’s legs.
  • Surgery: Though not as common, extreme cases may require a complete hip replacement. This is one of the most invasive and effective treatments for hip dysplasia.

Have Your Pet Treated for Hip Dysplasia at the Animal Clinic of Honolulu

Is your dog or cat showing signs of hip dysplasia? Do you want to prevent the condition before it starts? Are you looking for a veterinarian in the Honolulu area? If so, the experts at Animal Clinic of Honolulu are here to help. When you visit us, a trained veterinarian will give your pet the best possible care. To set up an appointment for your pet, contact us via online or by calling (808) 734-0255.