Can small dog get hip dysplasia?
Small breeds susceptible to HD and
four ways to prevent it.

Although hip dysplasia is more common in large and giant dogs, certain small and medium-sized dogs are also susceptible to the condition.
Many of the following small dog breeds are at risk for this disease:


Norfolk Terrier

Shih Tzu


Cavalier King
Charles Spaniel


West Highland
White Terrier

Boston Terrier



Tibetan Spaniel

American Eskimo

Cairn Terrior

Coton De Tulear


Bichon Frise

Yorkshire Terrier

Cocker Spaniel

Lhasa Opso

Tibetan Terrier

What causes Hip Dysplasia? What performance does hip dysplasia have?

The exact etiology and pathogenesis of hip dysplasia is still not very clear, it is generally believed that dog hip dysplasia is a polygenic genetic disease, in addition, the occurrence and development of this disease is also affected by environmental, nutritional status and other factors.

What performance does hip dysplasia have?

Early puppy hip dysplasia, the dog appeared joint instability and joint subdislocation, no serious degenerative joint lesions and wear, and will not be very painful. The symptoms that owners can observe at this time are that the puppy is inactive and lazy. Owners who watch carefully will notice that the animal sometimes appears to bunny hop. In some severe cases, other joints may be involved, such as hyperextension of the ankle, ruptured cruciate ligaments of the knee and painful claudication of the forelimb. Once degenerative arthritis sets in, symptoms of pain begin to appear.
Adult dogs with more serious hip dysplasia, in addition to the above symptoms, will also appear to shift the weight of the body to the front limbs of the symptoms, at this time the sick dog will appear when the head and neck stretch or bow, use the front limbs for weight bearing. When animals move, the swinging range of hind limbs, especially thighs, decreases, the distance between feet is shortened, and obvious symptoms of pain will appear after animals move. Symptoms may improve with analgesic medication. Very rare, very severe dogs may show symptoms of paralysis.

Can Hip Dysplasia Be Prevented?

Although there is no 100% guarantee that your dog will not develop this condition, even if your dog is predisposed to hip dysplasia, there are many things you can do to reduce the chances that this condition will significantly affect their quality of life. You can prevent it by feeding a proper diet, ensuring proper exercise, providing a quality joint supplement and using heat therapy for joint maintenance.

1. Feed a Proper Diet

It’s important to feed puppies a diet that will satisfy their special nutrition requirements, while ensuring slow and steady growth that allows their joints to develop properly. Rapid weight gain in puppies can place more stress on the hips, and diets that lack the proper balance of calcium and phosphorous also have a negative impact on bone development. A proper diet also ensures your dog won’t become overweight, which is one of the best things you can do to avoid hip dysplasia and joint problems in general, as excess weight puts excess strain on the joints.

2. Ensure Proper Exercise

During puppyhood and adolescence, exercise is certainly important for many reasons, including to help strengthen your dog’s leg and pelvic muscles, which in turn increases the stability of the hip joint (a plus for helping avoid hip dysplasia). Give your dog daily exercise while limiting activities that place excess stress on the joints, such as jumping to catch balls or Frisbees, jumping from high surfaces, or running up and down stairs.

3. Provide a Quality Joint Supplement

Quality joint supplements are an essential component of canine joint care, providing nutrients to keep cartilage and joints strong and flexible, and keep inflammation down. Chondroprotectors, such as Glucosamine HCL, Chondroitin Sulfate, and Hyaluronic Acid aid in the lubrication and general health support of joints. There are also natural anti-inflammatory supplements out there to help keep painful inflammation of the joints at bay.

4. Use Heat Therapy for Joint Maintenance

Dogs also need to keep their joints warm during exercise, don't sleep on the floor, and give them a warm bandage. At the turn of the season, dog owners should also pay attention to the dog joint warm, warm blankets or clothing in the dog kennel, which can also alleviate the dog joint dysplasia is one of the effective ways.

Heat therapy is the use of heat in treatment to relieve pain and stay healthy. It is very beneficial for dogs suffering from arthritis, hip dysplasia, muscle stiffness and damage to the deep tissue of the skin.
Heat therapy is most often used for rehabilitation purposes. The therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the ductility of collagen tissue, reducing joint stiffness, reducing pain, and relieving muscle spasms. In addition, heat can help dogs reduce inflammation, edema, and aid in the acute phase of healing and increase blood flow. Increased blood flow to the affected area provides protein, nutrients and oxygen to promote better healing. Choose a heated bandage for your puppy, which can be a convenient home therapy and ease the discomfort of hip dysplasia.