Cost of Treatment: $4,025 to $6,050 per hip plus medications and/or physical therapy
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Canine hip dysplasia (CHP) is an inherited issue that stems from an abnormal looseness in the ball and socket joint of the dog’s hip. When the femoral head doesn’t fit snugly into the socket, or acetabulum, the components rub irregularly on each other and can eventually cause a deformation of the bone, resulting in pain and arthritis.
Larger breeds are typically more prone to the condition than smaller dogs. Also, older dogs are at greater risk for Hip Dysplasia because they have less muscle to hold the hip joint in place. Brachycephalic dog breeds in the highest risk category for developing the disorder include:
Hip Dysplasia Treatment
Depending on the severity of the condition and the age of your dog, treatment options can range from exercise and weight reduction to extensive hip replacement surgery. Other options include anti-inflammatory medications to help manage pain, physical therapy or a combination of various therapies.
The overall cost depends on the course of treatment taken. Hip replacement surgery can run upwards of $5,000. Physical therapy can run from $100 to more than $1,000, depending on how many sessions your dog requires.
Many dog insurance plans cover the cost of hip dysplasia treatments, especially costly surgery, as long as your pet was not showing signs of the condition prior to enrollment and meets other eligibility requirements. The sooner you can enroll in pet insurance, the less chance of your dog developing a condition that would be considered pre-existing and not covered by any plan.
Hip Dysplasia Symptoms
- Weakness in the legs
- Waddling or wobbling
- Visible signs of pain
- Refusal to get up from laying down or sitting
- Shifting weight to one leg
- Rear legs too close together
- Bunny hopping
- Degeneration of thigh muscles
Canine Hip Dysplasia Facts
- Hip dysplasia can occur in more than 50 percent of larger breed dogs.
- Genetic selection by breeders can reduce Hip Dysplasia risk by up to 2/3.
- Over 72% of English Bulldogs have been diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia.
- More than 66 percent of pugs were diagnosed hip dysplasia from 1974 through the end of 2010.
- While the average cost of hip replacement surgery weighs in at $5,000, the cost can be substantially higher depending on your dog’s breed and where you live.
Hip Dysplasia Resources
- PennHIP Program: Hip Dysplasia The University of Pennsylvania owns and operates this non-profit program, which was established to help reduce the frequency and severity of CHP through appropriate breeding strategies. It offers innovate hip screening technology that can be used on puppies as young as 16 weeks old.
- Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA): Hip Dysplasia This non-profit organization was established to promote the health and welfare of pets by helping to reduce the incidence of genetic disease.
- Genetic Selection Research Study: Hip Dysplasia
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