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GSD German Shepherd Health – Hip Dysplasia

Canine Hip Dysplasia afflicts millions of dogs each year and can result in debilitating orthopedic disease of the hip. It is caused when the femoral head does not fit properly in the hip socket, causing instability of the joint. Over time, this malformation can cause degenerative joint disease which causes increased pain and immobility.

Through selective breeding strategies, veterinarians and breeders are attempting to eliminate Canine Hip Dysplasia. All breeding dogs should be x-rayed and certified clear by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA) and/or by the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHIP).

Additional Information:

  • Canine Inherited Disorders Database, Canine Hip Dysplasia

  • Southern California Veterinary Surgical Group, Canine Hip Dysplasia

  • The Bernese Mountain Dog Club of America, Inc., The Pet Arthritis Resource Center

  • An informational resource for anyone looking for information on arthritis in dogs, arthritis in cats, hip dysplasia, arthritis treatments, and glucosamine for pets.

  • The Importance of Good Positioning on Canine Hip X-rays

Note: This section of Summerview German Shepherds is intended as a source of information only. It is not intended as a substitute for professional care. Always consult with your Veterinarian about health related matters.

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