Chava Labs

Breeders of Purebred Labradors.

Hip & Elbow Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia (HD) is an abnormal  development of the hip  joint. Osteoarthritis then develops which can be  painful and disabling for  the dog.

The Australian Veterinary Association runs a scheme (AVA / ANKC Canine Hip & Elbow Dysplasia Scheme (CHEDS) under which breeders will have their dog’s x-rayed and send off to an expert to be scored. 

It is important to note that genetics are NOT the only contributing factor for this condition however and the type of exercise and movement a pup experiences while they are young can be a big contributing factor. In the very young pup and older dog, discourage jumping from heights (eg on and off the furniture or the back of the car) – lift your dog up and down instead. Provide a balanced diet and avoid obesity.  New studies are also showing a link between early de-sexing and Hip Dysplasia as well as increased risk of ACL injuries.

Information shared from Vetscoring.

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