How to see if a one year old lab puppy has hip problems?
I am going to see a one year old lab today because the family has to get rid of him because of allergies. Is there anything I can look for in the way he walks or sits to give any idea of hip dysplasia? I plan on asking about the parents hip scores also. I am concerned because I had a lab who had terrible hip dysplasia and don't want to go through that again.
LynnVet Suggestion on Detecting Hip Dysplasia in Labradors Diagnosis
The best way to determine whether a one year old lab is at increased risk for hip dysplasia is through a specific x-ray series called PennHip. It can be used on puppies as young as 16 weeks of age, unlike another type of x-ray evaluation (OFA) that isn’t considered useful until dogs are 2 years old.
Anything you or a veterinarian might be able to pick out through an exam or even “regular” x-rays would only be associated with advanced hip dysplasia.
The early signs could certainly be missed without a PennHip evaluation.
Best of luck,
Jennifer Coates, DVM
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