The Big Hurt

Having hip or elbow dysplasia doesn’t mean your dog can’t live comfortably.


Here’s the bad news: Two decades of studies and research have not succeeded in identifying the exact defective gene that causes hip and elbow dysplasia, so a sure-fire means of preventing and breeding away from these disorders isn’t available yet.

The good news: Researchers have identified other causes that contribute to how mild or severe the disease becomes, so owners can take steps to minimize the damage. In addition, improved management and surgical techniques offer a better outlook for dogs with dysplasia.

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