How old or young do labs get hip dysplasia? Our girl is fixed and 9 months old. This last week she has signs of soreness in her hip.
Last edited by lisa; 08-28-2010 at 02:45 PM.
Kimber was 8 months old and he had HD she had to have the surgery at 9 months and it is the best thing we ever did she now has no limps runs and plays with the kids. She is know 2 yrs old
amy & Kimber
Usually the signs are obvious by 2, when OFAs are typically done but as others have posted, symptoms of more severe HD can be seen at much younger ages. Do you give your girl any supplements like MSM or glucosamine? Never too late to start, regardless of what the xray says. I suggest to all my pup owners to supplement their growing youngsters as injury can also happen at any time, and it's nice to have that bandaid in place just in case.
I also suggest that folks get hip and elbow xrays done at the time of spaying but then I request mine to do so later, after growth plate closure as I feel it's better for the structural development of the dog. Sometimes long bone growth continues at a faster rate after spaying and nuetering, and that in itself can lead to ortho issues. As can fast growth, in general... good luck. Anne
Thankyou all we are taking her to the vet mon am
my rottweiler had clicking noise in his hip area when he was 9 months old. He was very active dog and jumped alot, my country vet said he was fine said the noise was nothing. We had him xrayed at 3 years and found he infact had hip dysplasia. The ortho vet explained because he has mild dysplasia he would not have any issues until he was old and to even have him run agility, but last fall (he is 5) he began to yelp in pain on occasion when rising from a nap. Anyway, HD cannot be diagnosed without an xray...and even mild dysplasia may cause pain depending on the dogs tolerance.
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