Hip & Elbow Dysplasia

Genetic joint diseases that lead to pain and debilitation.

Common Bone Disorders Affecting Dogs star[offsite link]
Detailed information about Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD), Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD), Elbow Dysplasia, and Hip dysplasia (HD) + Preventing Growth-Associated Bone Disorders, Drugs for the Prevention and Treatment, & Control Through Genetic Selection.

Elbow Disease In Growing Dogs star[offsite link]
Elbow disease, or elbow dysplasia has received increasing publicity in recent years due to the high prevalence of foreleg lameness localised to the elbow joint. Read more...

Hip Dysplasia star[offsite link]
Hip dysplasia is a genetic disorder in which dogs have a poor fitting hip joint. This ball and socket joint should fit together neatly, allowing dogs to move the legs freely and without pain. Because their bones do not fit properly, dogs with hip dysplasia are prone to develop arthritis and related joint pain as they age. Motion of the hip joints slowly causes erosion of soft cartilage in these joints. Hip dysplasia can affect either or both of the rear leg joints.

Hip Dysplasia: Treatment star[offsite link]
Early treatment with acupuncture may help alleviate or retard the development of the disease. There are also four surgical procedures available to treat hip dysplasia. This article explains each of these procedures.

Ortthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFFA) star[offsite link]
Originally created to assist breeders in addressing hip dysplasia, in recent years the OFA has added databases to assist breeders in assessing elbow and patella deformities, craniomandibular osteopathy, autoimmune thyroiditis, congenital heart disease, copper toxicosis, & DNA databases. The OFA also provides financial support to animal wellness activities & canine genetic research.

Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program - PennHIP star[offsite link]
PennHIP is a multifaceted radiographic technology (x-ray) for hip evaluation. It predicts the onset of osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease, the hallmark of canine hip dysplasia.

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