X-rays and clinical signs of hip dysplasia don't necessarily mean dogs will lose function as they get older. With the condition, laxity in the hip joint leads to arthritis over time, according to veterinarian Gary Thompson. "The thing I always try to communicate is that hip dysplasia is simply the appearance of the hips on an X-ray, and it does not always correlate to how your dog will do long-term," Dr. Thompson said.

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