Hip and Joint Problems in Dogs

Hip and Joint Problems in Dogs

Posted by Marcio Rodrigues on

Hip and joint issues are unfortunately quite common in dogs of all breeds, sizes, and ages. We understand how sad and alarming it is for pet parents everywhere to see their once energetic and bouncy dog struggling to do things that they once did without any trouble, such as hopping up on the couch or playing with the kids.

There are two major categories of joint issues dogs are prone to: degenerative and developmental. Degenerative issues are those such as osteoarthritis, it develops over time often due to wear and stress. Developmental issues, on the other hand, include cases such as hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia is when the ball and socket of the hip do not fit together properly, and so, instead of smoothly sliding past each other when your dog is being active, they rub and grind, deteriorating over time and leading to possible loss of function.

Breeds which are more prone to joint troubles:

Joint and hip problems are, unfortunately, more prevalent with larger breeds of dogs since increased size and weight can put greater stress on joints. However, pets of all size may suffer from these conditions. 

Among the breeds of dogs that are more susceptible to hip and joint pain are:

  • Rottweiler
  • German Shepherd
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Great Dane
  • Saint Bernard
  • Mastiff
  • Dachshund
  • Alaskan Malamute
  • Newfoundland
  • Samoyed

Factors such as having a higher Body Mass Index (BMI) or a longer torso may also put a dog at a greater risk of developing hip and joint conditions.

Common Conditions Dogs Experience:


Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). It occurs when the cartilage surrounding the joints is permanently deteriorated. It is caused by the natural wear and tears on the joints. Due to the nature of the condition, older dogs are often at higher risk to suffer from osteoarthritis.

Hip Dysplasia:

Hip dysplasia is unfortunately quite common in dogs. It is a skeletal condition where a dog’s hip socket is formed incorrectly. As a result, the bone does not properly fit in the socket, causing inflammation, irritation, and pain from the rubbing. This rubbing can wear the joint down significantly and lead to serious joint damage, even causing conditions such as arthritis.

Hip dysplasia is often times seen in German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Newfoundland, and Labrador Retrievers, though any dog breed can be afflicted. The condition is considered genetic, being passed down from parent to offspring. If you are purchasing a dog of a specific breed, especially those breeds which are prone to hip dysplasia, it is imperative to check with the breeder for parent health.

While hip dysplasia is considered genetic, factors such as insufficient levels of exercise and obesity can cause an earlier onset of the condition. Though hip dysplasia is more common in older dogs and often related to the aging process, it can actually be seen in dogs of all ages.

Symptoms of Joint Pain:

  • Favoring one leg over another
  • Limping
  • Trouble lying down
  • Trouble getting up from laying position
  • Trouble going up the stairs
  • Trouble jumping
  • Swollen joints
  • Moving slower
  • Stiffness
  • Bunny hopping while running
  • Displaying difficulty engaging in common movements or activities
  • Unwilling to walk
  • Difficulty jumping into vehicle
  • Obsessive licking of joint area
  • Audible cracking or popping sound at joint
  • Whining or whimpering
  • Having accidents around the house
  • Excessive panting
  • Irritation or depression

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Our main active ingredients are glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM, which all work together to facilitate the absorption of nutrients into the cartilage, simulating cartilage synthesis. These natural and healthy compounds also increase joint lubrication, which increases joint mobility, making it so your loved furry one has less trouble moving around, playing, and leading a healthy, happy life!

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