As an Australian Terrier owner, you must have a keen eye for spotting potential health problems as your pet gets older. One of the most common health problems faced by Australian Terriers is hip dysplasia, and if this is detected early enough, it can be easily remedied, but in many cases, it will need surgery to correct the problem.
The first thing that you should do when you notice any changes in the movements of your Australian Terrier is to visit your vet. They will be able to give you advice on what to look for, what your dog is at risk of developing, and what the best course of action for treatment is. Although hip dysplasia is not life-threatening, it can be debilitating for your pet, and you need to be sure that you don’t leave it untreated.
Hip dysplasia affects most dogs over the age of five years old, although the condition does tend to manifest later in life in certain breeds, including the English Springer Spaniel. The hip joint is formed by two bones that fit into each other like a hinge, and as the dog grows older the bone that sits inside the joint becomes smaller. This causes the hips to shift forward and eventually causes the dog to become unable to walk.
Hip dysplasia is usually a genetic condition, so if you have a dog in your family who seems to have this problem then you should be aware that it can be passed on from one generation to the next. However, it is also possible to be affected yourself, or you could come across your dog being overweight. If you suspect that your Australian Terrier may suffer from hip dysplasia, you need to take him to see the veterinarian straight away.
It’s important to note that it is quite common for a person to suffer from this condition at some point, although it may not develop until much later in their lives. It’s also very common to find that Australian Terriers tend to get hip dysplasia just after the age of ten, so you can begin treating your dog right away.
Hip dysplasia may be treated in one of several ways, depending on the severity of the problem.
One approach is for the doctor to prescribe a painkiller such as an acetaminophen. Other options include using braces to correct joint mobility, and/or a procedure called arthroplasty where metal rods are placed under the bones of the hip joint to increase its mobility. If you are worried that the problem could be more serious than it seems, you should contact your vet for advice.
If your dog does develop hip dysplasia, you need to ensure that it is properly diagnosed and treated as soon as possible. This is the only way to ensure your dog has a good quality of life, and that any health problems can be corrected. Australian Terriers are prone to developing this disease, and the sooner the treatment begins, the better your dog’s chances of becoming back to normal.