Understanding and preventing hip dysplasia

01/19/2013 | WebMD

Hip dysplasia is a developmental disorder without a cure, but there are strategies to limit risk, writes veterinarian Ann Hohenhaus. Research has shown that having good body condition and exercising on soft, level ground as puppies may help prevent hip dysplasia. Obtaining a puppy from parents whose hips have been certified by the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals or PennHip may lower the animal's risk of developing hip dysplasia, although no one can predict the condition of a dog's hips with absolute certainty.

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