The Curly Haired Retriever and hip dysplasia: Management of the hereditary disease

Owner's question

"Hi, I have a curly haired retriever named Billy. Unfortunately he has trouble getting up and shows signs of pain when he walks. I have heard that this breed is prone to hip dysplasia. What should I know about this condition?"

Veterinarian's answer

"Hi! I am very sorry to hear that Billy is feeling unwell. Curly Haired Retrievers are indeed prone to hip dysplasia, which is an inherited disorder that is a developmental abnormality of the hip joint.

The disease results in the joint not developing properly, which can lead to instability of the hip joint and wear and tear of the articular cartilage.

Symptoms of hip dysplasia include difficulty standing upright, limping when walking or running, and pain, loss of muscle mass around the hip or leg, and reduced interest in exercise. As the disease progresses, symptoms may become more severe!

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If Billy is diagnosed with hip dysplasia, treatment aims to reduce pain and improve quality of life.

This may involve the use of painkillers, anti-inflammatories, nutritional supplements (such as glucosamine and chondroitin), weight management, physiotherapy and sometimes surgery.

The best way to prevent hip dysplasia is through responsible breeding, which includes screening potential parents for hip dysplasia.

If you are planning to get a curly-haired retriever in the future, always check that the breeder has screened the parents for this condition.

Please consult a vet for further examination and treatment of Billy. I hope this has helped you understand the situation!"

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