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Post by JSAN_911 on Mon May 28, 2012 9:16 pm

WHAT IS HIP DYSPLASIA
In short canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a developmental abnormality of the hip joint. CHD is the most common orthopedic disease is dogs and is a polygenic (influenced by a number of genes) inherited trait. The radiographic changes observed with CHD include luxation or subluxation of the hip and osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease). It is generally accepted and now scientifically proven that hip joint laxity (hip looseness) plays a major role in the development of osteoarthritis. Because osteoarthritis commonly causes pain and discomfort in the affected joints, the dog with CHD often has impaired mobility and a diminished quality of life. Remarkable Hip Dysplasia where there is actual hip dislocation. Therefore, any method that objectively measures hip joint laxity may be helpful in evaluating a dog’s risk for developing osteoarthritis and CHD. This information would assist the dog owner or breeder in deciding which animals not to breed as well as in selecting the best individual animals for breeding. Before we go further in this discussion of PennHIP, there are a few terms that are important to know. Take a look at the
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