Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) Risk Factors and Wellness Tips

Several factors contribute towards your dog’s risk of developing canine hip dysplasia (CHD). Genetic predisposition is significant, particularly when combined with the following risk factors:

  • Overfeeding high protein and high calories
  • Excess calcium (usually due to overfeeding)
  • Prolonged inactivity and/or prolonged or intense activity
  • Obesity

To further reduce your dog’s risk of developing canine hip dysplasia (CHD):

  • Avoid rough play, jumping, climbing stairs and slippery floors
  • Avoid excess weight gain and rapid growth due to excess calorific intake
  • Avoid forced running, especially on hard surfaces
  • Begin a veterinarian-recommended canine hip dysplasia (CHD) exercise routine for your dog to improve muscle tone and circulation
  • Refer to Tips for a Healthier Dog

If left untreated canine hip dysplasia (CHD) continues to progress, eventually causing lameness and severe pain. Correcting canine hip dysplasia (CHD) at an early age may prevent lameness. To decrease the symptoms or halt the onset of hip dysplasia, keep your puppy lean, avoid forcing your animal to exercise, avoid rough play and provide surfaces that allow for good traction.

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Refer to Tips for a Healthier Pet