• Hip dysplasia has a genetic (inherited) basis, involving multiple genes
• Development of hip dysplasia determined by an interaction of genetic and environmental factors
• Medical therapy is designed to relieve signs (known as “palliative therapy”); it does not “cure” the disease, because the joint instability is not corrected
• Joint deterioration or degeneration often progresses, unless a corrective orthopedic surgical procedure is performed early in the disease
• Surgical procedures can salvage hip-joint function once severe joint deterioration or degeneration occurs
Charles P. Beall, D.V.M.
Dr. Beall graduated from Oklahoma State School of Veterinary Medicine in June of 1979. He practiced in a mixed animal practice in Harrah, Oklahoma for 3 years. Read More…