HD – Hipdysplasia
Hip dysplasia occurs when there is abnormal development in the hip joint. Cartilage in the joint degenerates and releases a large amount of enzymes into the joint. These enzymes further destroy and prevent the formation of new cartilage. With cartilage that can no longer help cushion and support the joint, movement can become increasingly difficult and painful.
Hip dysplasia is mainly found in large dogs, but can affect all dogs no matter the size or breed. It also has been known to lead to a degenerative joint disease known as osteoarthritis which can add more pain and inflammation than is already present.
C Mild HD
D Moderate HD
E Severe HD