You may be surprised to find your Golden Retriever so alert and active during his puppy years and then become old, weary and in pain as he grows. You wonder why the sudden change in your dog’s character and activity even when early checkups with the veterinarian have shown that your pet does not have a problem. Your Golden Retriever may have Hip dysplasia.
Hip dysplasia is a common and widespread disease among younger dogs of almost all breeds. This condition is a result of poor formation of the hip joints. In the case of Golden Retrievers, the larger breeds do not usually experience hip dysplasia, although this disease can cause even more serious complications thus limiting your Golden’s physical activity. A lot of Golden Retriever owners are unaware of this condition as this is normally hereditary and can get worse as Golden Retrievers age.
It may be impossible to detect the symptoms of hip dysplasia in Golden puppies until it reaches nine months. Even if you take your Golden to the veterinarian for early detection, the vet will more likely tell you to wait until the Golden comes of age or when the symptoms are actually present.
Although the symptoms of hip dysplasia may vary, some of the most common indications includes crippling, limping or slow walking. In some cases, symptoms of hip dysplasia among Golden Retrievers do not begin to show until they hit a few years older or until the muscles begin to wear down and the hip muscles’ damage become more conspicuous. As your Golden gets older, the joints stabilize, the muscle hips becomes stronger and more mature and the inflammation goes down and deeper. This explains why hip dysplasia can get worse as the dog ages. It is also important to note that Golden Retrievers who acquire hip dysplasia at a younger age are more likely to acquire arthritis as they age.
Golden Retrievers that are afflicted with hip dysplasia can still live a long and healthy life but are not recommended for breeding. Your veterinarian may advise some drug prescriptions to your Golden to help control the disease as well as his weight. Hip dysplasia may be associated with pain in your Golden Retriever, so drug prescriptions can help alleviate your dog’s pain if he is diagnosed with the condition.
To get rid of the pain brought by hip dysplasia, you can choose from several surgical options available. Golden Retrievers usually have a high tolerance for pain and do not show signs that they are suffering in pain. Hip dysplasia may leave you and your Golden Retriever unaware of the disease already affecting him, so give him your attention and care as much as possible. Being there for your dog in his crucial point of his life will give him a sense of relief thus making him feel better for you and for himself as well.