78 thoughts on “Recognizing Hip Dysplasia in Dogs – VetVid Episode 014

  1. Is there any way to prevent hip dysplasia? I'm going to buy a german shepherd puppy but I do not have enough money to buy from expensive breeders that breed hip dysplasia out of the litter so I will have to buy one from someone that isn't a professional breeder which is risky.

  2. its possible to narrow down the likeliness but honestly no breeder can assure you that your dog won't develop hip dysplasia. German Shepherds are so likely to develop it. If you can't afford to treat it, i would recommend looking into other dog breeds. It is treatable and possible to make them comfortable with it, but yeah.

  3. You can't guarantee just as VetVid said. In all it is an inherited trait. My labs mother didn't have this.. But my lab has it. It broke my heart to find this out. But the mother had the recessive gene and well my lab now has this. In all have the dog well checked by a Vet. And know that when they are young its tough to peg because they are still forming and growing. In all its like luck of the draw. In all I would save for a year or 2. To have a reputable breeder. 😉

  4. My dog is a Golden Retriever and he's about 13 years old. In January we've noticed he's been having troubles getting around. We've trimmed his claws but his hips still seemed weak. We took him to the park one day and he tried to chase after a squirrel but failed. I'm not sure if it's Hip Dysplasia or if it's just that he's old. If it isn't Hip Dysplasia, can we do anything to add strength to his legs? Like steriods or something that we can put in his hips/legs, or any kind of surguery?

  5. Your pet needs a veterinarian to examine and likely take xrays to determine if hips or back problem. At that point the best therapy will be chosen.

  6. My small 6 year old Teacup Chiwawa Fiona has all these signs. But she seems to be in no pain. Should i take her to the vet? Is there a possibility she would have to be put down?
    PLease answer A.S.A.P. Thankyou!

  7. Possibly hip issue. This breed will also have back and knee issues. Yes, definitely have a veterinarian perform an exam and possibly an xray.

  8. tonight my 8 yr old golden retriever was laying down & got up but her back legs were doing weird things, she could walk at all and her back legs were stumbling, she walked on our wood floor and was sliding around like the back legs couldn't walk that well, this was a sudden thing. Took her out into the yard and once she managed to get onto the grass she was suddenly find & running around & she then relieved herself. Been a few hrs & she's been ok, anyone know what this is???????

  9. Can someone please give me some advice? I have 3 months old husky puppy and i am afraid that he has hip dysplasia. I never saw him bunny hopping but he oftenly walks very weird with his hips swinging left-right . He also doesnt let me to strech his left foot. When i stretch his right fot i pull it all the way with him relaxed but when i take his left foot he starts kicking. Can hip dysplasia be cured? Im not sure if he has it and im taking him to vet soon so ill tell him to check that out

  10. my dog probably has this the vet thinks so too what does surgery do curE forever or tepararally fix I'm not sure what surgery does

  11. I have a german sheperd puppy, who is 5 months old now. i noticed that his hind legs are pretty weak, he drags both his hind legs while walking.. and it seems like it opens up facing outwards, left leg towards left and right leg towards right.. i remember someone telling me its an east west position.. wht does that means? What could possibly the issue with my puppy? he has been having such since he was 3 months old perhaps?

  12. Hi great video i have a 3yr old german sheprehd and i noticed that today he is walking slow he wants to lay down and he seems to be in some pain from his legs. He still seems fine in other things but yesterday he was doing well. What do you think it may be thanks

  13. my 4 month old corgi has this i know this for a fact because when he walks ive holded my hand among his hip and one side pops now the vet is out of town i would like to know what i can give him for the pain but he doesn't seem to be showing any discomfort of any kind he still plays very often and runs but he is very clumsy.

  14. my dog is a labrador and he is around three months old,i saved it from the streets…he was about to die,he had a terrible pneumonia he almost couldnt breathe.i took him to the local vet and after a succesful treatment we save his life…but since i got him hes been walking weird,the vet says its because of his age,that he is too young,but im not sure.he doesnt look to have any kind of pain and he goes upstairs and downstairs with no problem but i want to be sure

  15. My 2 month old german shepherd does bunny hop to get around quickly, gets quite tired easily and doesn't want to play that much. Is it just because she is young or something else?

  16. Thanks for this video. We're getting ready to start the process of diagnosis of some kind of hip problem in our shepherd/beagle mix puppy. It's kind of overwhelming, but knowing what we're in for sure helps a lot. 🙂

  17. My four year old Golden Retriever has been having twitches in her hind legs ( when shes awake) could this be an early sign of hip trouble?

  18. my 16 week old chow chow has it. we have taken to the vet, test etc. surgery cost $5000, but we cant afford it. what should we do?

  19. My Vet said Salmon Oil helps with the pain in the joints and I give her Glucosimine treats for joints , and she is almost 7 and does the rear bunny hop , and is much wobbly when she gets up off the floor , My male is fine and very fast ,Hip Dysplasia Really Sucks

  20. My German Shepard has hip dysplasia. There is not doubt about it. So an examination would be pointless for him. I dont know what yo do, i have been giving him pain medicine, but it seems that it is making no difference. My mother and father just say that he needs to be put down, but that is non-sense! there must be something! please help

  21. My 1 year old lab suddenly developed a limp in her hind left leg. It's not all the time. She did it for a day or two several weeks ago. Then, one day, she woke up as if nothing was wrong. The other day she started again.

    There's no apparent pain, no injury, nothing in paw or pad, nails look okay. "Drawer movement" in leg is okay. She doesn't recoil when I touch her leg or paw. I took her to vet, and they couldn't find a problem. I'm at a loss. I suppose the next step is sedation and x-ray.

  22. My sister's puppy is a yorkie maltese and this morning I realized rosie had a hard time getting up and made a pain crying sound and when she would stand up she stared at the ground or idk exactly but she tends not to get up ever and if she tries she uses her front paws and lays down idk how to explain this but could jumping off beds be a reason to? Please reply. I"m really nervous But then she seems fine and then she doesent it kinda weird.

  23. My GSD doesnt have any of the symptoms of HD, however, I pulled her leg oddly the other day by accident (she pulled away while I was trying to lift it to check a tick bite) and I heard a pop. I put her on her back and checked the range like you did in 2:16, but heard no popping and felt no shifting. Still taking her to the vet, but I'm now very worried. Could this be an indication of HD? It's the first and only time her legs have ever made a sound.

  24. Well too late. I've had her for over a year now. Right now she's laying on my bed snoring and her tummy up in the air.

  25. I work my gsd/husky hard because thats what dogs are born to do. I'd never let her continue a life like this. Put these poor creatures down and adopt a new dog.

  26. I live in Las Vegas , NV. I made a bad mistake of buying a German Shepard at Pet Pros, one of our local pet stores. It's been 2 months and x ray he has an extreme case of hip dysplasa. Nevada Lemon Law only gives 10 days for owner to get a refund. Only option I have on the contract is a full credit for another dog which I do not want to risk. Do I have other legal options?

  27. Why would you give up your dog because of this? There are quite a few non expensive ways to help your dog maintain a good quality of life with hip dysplasia. The most important of which is exercise and stretching.

  28. Good to know. It seems like my dog hip is so far out that it's not grinding or not bothering him for now . It has improved by itself. The Pet Store gave me credits for another dog so now I also have a Huky.

  29. Please don't buy you pet from an online puppy breeder or a pet store… the shelter is full of dogs waiting for a good home… if you would see what this breeder do to this poor animals you would really think twice

  30. my vet says my dog has a narrow disc, causing her to not be able to walk on her right leg she is on anti inflammatory and pain med, she does have pain,.. Steroids would be the next step, my question is have you seen cases like this, and what is the success rate in your experience? she is over weight chihuahua

  31. nope –> dogs are born with normal hip joint. But over time due to many factors (as stated in the video) they can develop hip joint laxity –> usually due to high genetic heritability. Usually diagnosed at around 6 months of age, but signs can show as early as 3 months (in my 2nd to last year of vet school =) ) hope this helps.

  32. My GSD had hip dysplasia in both hips and I don't even care, largely because it's only mild/moderate. He has shockingly severe osteoarthritis in both elbows/elbow dysplasia AND exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI). At this stage, his hip dysplasia is his MILDEST health concern. I feel like a really bad owner saying I don't care about HD but I just don't when other things are so much worse.

  33. Hip dysplasia and other joint issues in dogs are so common today. Any way to help educate pet owners as to what symptoms to watch for is extremely important and this video does an excellent job on this. The sooner the health issue can be identified, the better chances that the pet will have a more pleasant life.

  34. great video helpful yet hurtful we all hate to see our other kids ( quadrupedal ) hurt in any way …but we do what we can and, what we got to do to make them stay at their best !! there love is so unconditional ….  

  35. Hello Dr:
    My Akita is only 2yrs old, but sometimes he get leg cramp on the left side, when I massage it I feel the nerve switch back to where it suppose to be.
    We go hiking/walking 3times a week.
    Do u know why he gets leg cramp?

  36. Under the commonly found in these dogs section, what about mastiffs? He's also mixed with something I believe Labrador .
    My dog has been limping on one of his back legs (although not very severely until today)
    I started urging my mom to take him to a vet the first days I noticed it (a few weeks ago)
    But today it's different. He seems to be putting extra effort into not using that leg BUT not only that it seems the front leg on the opposite side is bothering him now as well. Maybe that's because he has to put extra weight on it since his hind leg is off the ground. I keep asking my mom to take him to the vet but she says that it will cost like $5000 to get it fixed, which we just don't have right now. ( which I don't believe in the slightest, I think MAYBE it could be as high as $2000 but even that sounds unreasobable.)His other hind leg and front leg seem to be fine. Anyone with any useful info please enlighten me. This is the first dog that I have ever really considered mine and I hate to see him suffer. I can't even stop a tearing up just writing this.

  37. please help my working dog get hip surgery. Anything helps I'm begging for help thank you and good day https://gofundme.com/24fhz3g

  38. I have a 14 year old miniature Schnauzer who developed signs of hip displasia about six months ago. It deteriorated until she couldn't squat to poop or pee, without falling into it. Then it got to the point where she had to drag her rear legs behind her inorder to be mobile.

    I couldn't stand watching her struggle just to walk. I prayed about it, and eventually came up with the idea of disolving 100 mg of Gabapentin in two quarts of her drinking water. Almost overnight, she quit dragging her legs. As time went on (about three weeks now), she is able to walk again. It is still difficult for her. She can't jump up on the sofa, and she has trouble with the poop squat and sometimes comes back in with a poopy butt, so I have to clean her up.

    She can now run when she gets excited. I lift her up and down on the sofa. But if she really wants to get down, she does, although its more like a crash landing, but it doesn't seem to phase her much.

    She is her happy little self again because of Gabapentin. This is not an advertisement. Just a testimony of how God heard my prayers for my dog who has been with me for fourteen years. None of our prayers go unheard.

  39. My dog bunny hops the stairs, but the stairs are big and tall and she is a German shepherd puppy, would that be bad? And also when I pick her up after she sleeps I think I accidentally held her somewhere and she cries

  40. Please share. He's already been rehomed once and he's only a year old, he's a part of our family and unfortunately we'll have to consider surrendering him to the SPCA if we can't raise the money ourselves to have his hip replaced. Any help at all, even a share is so appreciated. Thank you. ❤️


  41. My 5 month old lab puppy walks fine but runs with both hind legs hitting the floor at almost synchronized time. Is this normal as a puppy?

  42. Someone help ????. My 3 year old German shepherd, Gunner, isn't acting normal. I think he may have hip problems… he won't run to catch the ball, he isn't sunning at all and.. just seems… "off." I'm really worried… and I'm just a kid so I can't do anything! My dad is taking him to the vet soon… I hope he'll be ok… :,,,,,,,'''(

  43. Hello doctor! Sir I m from india and I have a jarman Shepard female dog and she have wounds on hip . I have tried so many medicine but can't success plz help me sir plz

  44. Hip dysplacia was never an issue in dogs before 1930's. When the production of commercialized kibble garbage began we could see HD cases in large breed dogs sky rocket. Almost all health issues found in K9's today are a result of kibble crap. This is simple math people. Balanced organic raw diet is the key to all your dogs problems. One supplement you should add and one only to yoyr balanced raw diet is FERMENTED COD LIVER OIL. You should be taking it as well. Make sure it is fermented! Thank me later.

  45. So he just confirmed that they don't need to do any X-ray to figure it out yet they still do it and charge us and end up putting the dog under sedatives to check for hip dysplasia regardless of what the X-ray said. This is why so many people wait to take their pets to the vet because not everyone has cash to spend on random test

  46. My golden is only 7 years old and the thought of putting him down is just heartbreaking and surgery is not an option because we can’t afford it. I’m heartbroken and I don’t know what to do

  47. Just found out our Golden Oshie has hip dysplasia. Great video for understanding exactly what it is and how it affects our pup. Thanks!

  48. My friends just got a Border Collie puppy she's about 6 months old &her front and back legs don't move independently. She moves just like a rabbit. she has no 'gate' to her movement. She is the runt, born first and none of her other siblings had this issue. We tried putting her in a tub with high water to see if she would swim and she was having trouble. Any opinions?

  49. My rescue keeps going upstairs even if he is having hard time hopping on steps. Is that bad for him or is it a good exercise for his hind legs?

  50. I like the Fitbone. It helped me in recovery after surgery. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3FlYimhp4Uw

  51. I had a girl rott at about 2 year , her Hip dysplasia kick in , but I reduce her weight and fed her fish oil and she live to be 8 before her kidney shut down , she was a smart rott that came from a puppy mill , no regret ,still in my heart ,joy 1.

  52. man 10 years ago there wasn’t clickbaiting or rambling about nonsense. straight to the point! good ol days eh?

  53. My Maltese has been reluctant to run or jump up and down on sofas in the last five days. Five years old. So worrying. To the vet…

  54. my chiweenie was fine and now suddenly very distant from me. you can definitely see a change in his gate and isn't walking alot or easily. there is a loss of balance in his ass end. he hasn't pottied for two days except he peed once yesterday without hiking his leg (he always hikes). I can hear him crying under his breath. not sure if it's this or spinal or even the worst of the worst, being liber disease or cancer. He isn't a very active dog at all. He lays on me and sleeps all the time but he is also 8 years old. There's been a history of him pooling blood in the past that was intermittent, but hasn't happened in several months. I don't want a vet to guess what's wrong based on his breed and common issues with that. how many vets actually put a dog under anesthesia and do that movement test and how many miss it with just x-ray? I need him better. he is hiding under stuff and not having anything to do with me. Help

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