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Hip Dysplasia

 
x-ray of normal hips

Hip dysplasia means malformation of the hip joint, the mode of inheritance is polygenic, so the condition is difficult to irradicate. Hip dysplasia at the moment does not seem to be a massive problem in the breed however without testing via x-rays nobody knows, there seems to be indications of it in some bloodlines.

Genetics, nutrition and exercise all play a role in hip dysplasia.

It is important not to feed high energy dog foods which contain high protein and fat levels, the calcium intake also needs to be controlled and the calcium phosphorous ratio needs to be looked at, if feeds exceeding appropriate levels are fed whilst growing it can cause bone overgrowth and disruptions in the rate of growth, if there is a precedence for hip dysplasia in the dog this can exasperate the condition, leading to arthritis later in life.

Hounds that have incorrect rear movement, bunny hopping, lameness, pain and discomfort during or after exercise, difficulty in getting up, stiffness, restriction of movement and unbalanced movement should be taken to a vet and checked over, some hounds will not show any symptoms.

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Bloodhound Information,
20 Jan 2017, 04:56
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Bloodhound Information,
20 Jan 2017, 04:56
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Bloodhound Information,
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Bloodhound Information,
20 Jan 2017, 04:57