The Clumber Spaniel and the Hereditary Hip Dysplasia

Owner's question

"Hi! We have a Clumber Spaniel at home, Bruno, and I've noticed lately that he's having a hard time moving, especially when he wakes up from his sleep. I have read that this breed is prone to hip dysplasia. What can I do?"

Vet's reply

"Hi! Your suspicions may be correct, Clumber Spaniels are prone to hip dysplasia, which is an inherited condition resulting from improper development of the hip joint.

Unfortunately, hip dysplasia results in the femur not fitting properly into the hip joint, causing wear and inflammation of the joint.

Symptoms of hip dysplasia include limping, difficulty moving the animal, loss of muscle mass in the hind limbs, or excessive pain in the hip area.

If you notice these symptoms in Bruno, you should consult your vet immediately!

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Diagnosis is usually made with the help of X-rays, which will show any abnormalities in joint development.

Once hip dysplasia has been diagnosed, treatment options include the use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication, weight control, exercise modification (e.g. gentle walking, swimming), and in severe cases surgery.

Surgical intervention may involve arthroplasty, which involves modifying or removing bones to relieve pain, or total hip replacement, which involves replacing the entire hip joint with an artificial joint.

Hip dysplasia is a serious condition, but many dogs live happy and active lives after treatment. It's important to help Bruno achieve the best possible health through proper nutrition and regular, gentle exercise.

Remember that only your vet can help youdecide on the best treatment."