Several factors determine the onset of hip dysplasia in dogs. Genetics play a significant role in developing the condition. If your dog’s parents experienced hip dysplasia in their senior years, the chances are that your dog will inherit dysplasia as well.
Skeletal problems also occur due to inbreeding or over-breeding a dog. The lack of good quality genetics makes dogs from inferior breeding stock more likely of forming early onset hip dysplasia. In this scenario, it’s common for young dogs to develop the condition as their joints never fully developed as they were growing up.
Your dog’s nutrition plays a significant role in preventing the onset of hip dysplasia. Feed your dog a specialist formula that contains high amounts of the minerals chondroitin and glucosamine. These two minerals assist your dog in building strong bones and teeth, preventing hip dysplasia.
Obesity is another contributing factor to the development of hip dysplasia in dogs. Over-feeding your dog adds weight to their frame. Over time, the joints come under pressure and begin to wear away the cartilage in the hip joints. Try to feed your dog lean, nutritious food that will keep him or her from becoming obese.
Small breeds very seldom experience any signs of hip dysplasia, but it can happen. Typically, their frame is so light that their joints never experience excessive pressure that’s needed to start the onset of the condition.