It is the first year of a bull dog’s life that is largely determinant of whether or not it will develop hip dysplasia. Severe weight gain can increase the prevalence of it in the breed, but genetics are the most common factor.
These dogs are not athletic breeds, and they are content to sit on the couch as a lap dog as much as anything. While the dog has the appearance of being aggressive with its short snout and often an under-bite, these dogs are actually quite kind and gentle. Most bull dog owners do not recommend them as guard dogs because of their friendliness and indiscriminate liking of strangers.
The bull dog with hip dysplasia will have trouble walking and possibly going up the stairs. Hip dysplasia typically affects larger breeds that carry more weight. The structure of the bull dog’s hip joint, however, leaves them susceptible to the condition.
Signs of hip dysplasia
- sore hips
- stiff joints
- standing on hind legs
- hesitation to move
Most people rightfully want to give their pets the best care possible, so it is important to recognize the signs of hip dysplasia. Preventive measures can spare your pet immobility.
Diet is a huge preventive measure for hip dysplasia, as bull dogs that take in more calories have more weight, and more weight equals more stress on the joints. Diet issues such as calcium intake also play a role. As weight and strength are indicative of dysplasia risk, exercise can also help bull dogs to avoid this painful disease.
Even though there are things that can be done to prevent hip dysplasia in bull dogs, there is always the bigger genetic risk. Because of their build, bull dogs may get hip dysplasia no matter what measures are taken. They can even lose the ability to use their legs properly. In this case, a dog wheelchair may be necessary to continue quality of life.
In most cases, surgical intervention is required to alleviate the pain associated with hip dysplasia so dogs can go on to live regular, healthy lives.
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Many people look at medical treatment for their animals as frivolous spending, as the animals do not live as relatively long as their human owners, and many believe the invasive treatment of many cases will not improve the dog’s life enough to warrant the expense. The owners of this site wish to encourage all bull dog owners that hip dysplasia treatments are largely successful.