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Fri, Feb 2, 2024

Hip problems father had bad hips


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The most common genetic hip issue in dogs is hip dysplasia, a condition where the hip joint doesn't fit together perfectly, leading to wear and tear over time. This can cause pain and arthritis. Since your dog is 10 years old, age-related degeneration of the joint is also a possibility, which can lead to similar symptoms.

Symptoms of hip problems can include difficulty rising, reluctance to jump or climb stairs, a noticeable limp, or a decrease in activity levels.

At home, ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight to reduce stress on the hips. And provide a soft, supportive place to sleep to ease joint pain.

If his behavior changes significantly, such as if he constantly limps, has trouble breathing, or becomes lethargic, I recommend taking him to the hospital.
A vet can provide a thorough examination, possibly including X-rays, to assess the severity of the hip problem and recommend a treatment plan. This may include medication, physical therapy, or in some cases, surgery.

If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to come back to us! Thank you.