It’s relatively uncommon for young dogs from good breeding stock to develop signs of dysplasia before they reach eight years old. However, those dogs from inferior breeding stock may show signs of the condition in as little as two years after birth.
Symptoms vary from breed to breed and exacerbate as the conditions worsen. Typical signs to watch out for are:
Less enthusiasm to walk around.
Mobility and activity become diminished.
Reduced range of motion in the hind legs.
Reluctance to climb stairs or balance on their hind legs.
The hind legs experience lameness.
Struggling to get up after lying down.
Swaying gait in the hips.
Loss of muscle mass in the hind legs.
Noticeable pain when touching the rear of your dog.