I am curious about the signs and symptoms that lead to getting a diagnosis.
The only way to know for sure is by x-ray. The most common presenting symptom is lameness. Some dogs have a popping sound on movement, but I don't think that is very common.
X-rays. Sometimes if you are familiar with dog gaits you may be able to see it..my conformation trainer noticed something off in Rider's gait and encouraged me to have him x-rayed. Sure enough, he has a mild case of HD in one hip.
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okay, thanks. I don't think mine have this problem but I was wondering since I hear about it on here often.
Their hips will appear stiff and they will start to develop a "hopping" gait instead of smooth running or walking. X-ray is definiely in order if you suspect there is a problem.
You can see the bunny hopping when they run. Stiffness when walking or trouble sitting or getting up off the floor. A dog with H.D. has a different gait to other dogs.
A vet will be able to tell you if they suspect anything. As everyone has said. The only way to tell is xray and it is better is an ortho vet looks at them.
Ernie has serious H.D and I can hear his back legs scuffing on the floor. Ernies first diagnoses wasn't as good as the second and the latter revealed his hips to be much worse than previously thought. This is why I was told an ortho should have looked at the first ones.
Many of us in here give our dogs Glucosamine. Some for preventative reasons and others joint problems and arthritis.
With Jes, I didn't notice anything (but I'm not experienced enough to notice an "off" gait) other than an occasional popping sound in his left hip. X-rays were needed to confirm it, and he does have a mild case of HD.
He doesn't have the bunny hop people speak of, but I hear of that a lot, so I don't think it's uncommon that they'll have that "symptom."
We first noticed it in my old guy Bear when he didn't want to jump into the SUV anymore.
I was worried about it too, since Chocolata is adopted, I don't know much about her background, etc. She had a minor surgery yesterday (tumor removal), and I had the vet to do x-ray on the hips just to be safe since she is so active. Our hips are perfect A+, I am really happy about that.