Verandah Pet Hospital

14381 Palm Beach Blvd., SE
Fort Myers, FL 33905


Hip dysplasia is a hereditary malformation of the hip joint(s) which can cause pain and lameness in your pet.

Canine Hip Dysplasia x-rays

Normal hips 

Dysplastic hips

Abnormal development of the hips can begin to show during the first 4 to 12 months of your pet's life. A dog suffering hip dysplasia can be reluctant to do anything requiring extension of the hips, or may simply show a decrease in activity level.

It is important to identify the problem as early as possible, as there are fewer options for treatment in older dogs or dogs with advanced hip dysplasia.

The severity of the lameness that hip dysplasia causes depends on both genetic and environmental factors. Your best bet is to purchase a puppy from a reputable breeder who has had both parent's hips radiographed and certified free of hip dysplasia by the Orthopedic Foundation of America (OFA).

This is no guarantee, but it will reduce the risk of your puppy having hip dysplasia.