Golden Retriever | Hip Dysplasia | Part I | Juvenile Public Symphysiodesis | Triple Pelvic Osteotomy
Hip dysplasia, in all canines, including your Golden Retriever, is caused by a number of abnormalities in the pelvic region, including the normal hip joint and its connected bones. In a normal model for the pelvic bone, a system that resembles a ball and socket connects the pelvic and femoral bones, which are held together by a small and strong ligament. When a Golden Retriever dog has hip dysplasia, however, the joint is poorly-structured and the ligament is loose, causing swelling and distortion of the bones and ultimately leading to difficulty walking or moving on the part of your dog. Obesity adds to the risk of this disease, so make sure to keep your Golden Retriever dog on a healthy diet!
If your Golden Retriever dog displays any undue pain or exhaustion after participating in normal canine activities – such as light exercise or eating a meal – this could be a sign of hip dysplasia. Watch to see if your dog runs with an altered gait, resembling the hopping of a rabbit, rather than a normal dog run – this is indicative of possible hip dysplasia as well.
Hip dysplasia is fortunately a treatable condition in your Golden Retriever. Surgeries come in many forms – from Triple Pelvic Osteotomy to juvenile public symphysiodesis to a complete hip replacement or femoral excision – depending on your dog's age and needs. Ask your veterinarian which surgery is right for you. If left untreated, hip dysplasia can lead to immobility, so do not leave this disease unattended for your Golden Retriever. Learn more about both Triple Pelvic Osteotomy and Juvenile Public Symphysiodesis.