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What is Canine Hip Dysplasia?

Oct, 26

Canine Hip Dysplasia typically develops because of an abnormally developed hip joint, but can also be caused by cartilage damage from a traumatic fracture. With cartilage damage or a hip joint that isn’t formed properly, over time the existing cartilage will lose its thickness and elasticity. This breakdown of the cartilage will eventually result in pain with any joint movement....

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Signs and Treatment of a Dog Hip Problem

Oct, 08

The investigation of a dog hip problem usually involves tests for a genetic condition called hip dysplasia (CHD), which is the abnormal functioning of the hips, and osteoarthritis. A veterinarian will do a physical examination which includes watching how your dog walks. Hip dysplasia in dogs is common in large breeds, but can be seen in smaller breeds such as...

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Big Dogs Face More Joint Problems If Neutered Early

Aug, 21

Heavier mixed-breed dogs have higher health risks if neutered or spayed early, according to a new study from researchers at the University of California, Davis. The study found mixed-breed dogs weighing more than 44 pounds as adults are at higher risk for one or more joint disorders if neutered before 1 year of age. Dogs weighing up to 43 pounds had no...

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Virtual Consults for Pets - Rehab, Conditioning, and Mobility Issues

Aug, 16

Since vet practices remain closed or have reduced hours, many of you are becoming familiar with telemedicine so that you can connect with your vet for a virtual appointment.  A Vital Vet Consult is different - it's a totally new concept in virtual consultation.  Here's how: You connect with experts from all over world without ever leaving your home - you do not...

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Conservative Care for Canine Hip Dysplasia

Aug, 09

Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is one of the most common orthopedic issues seen by veterinary professionals.  One study1  found that there was a 15.5% incidence level of hip dysplasia out of over 1 million dogs in the US and Canada.  Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease where there is poor congruency of the head of the femur and the acetabulum...

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