Hip dysplasia is a painful condition that needs lifelong treatment.
Some dogs respond very well to daily management (weight control, exercise control and pain relief), but some do not, and require surgery. If your dog improves with treatment, it’s possible for them to live a long happy life.
Most dogs with hip dysplasia develop arthritis in their hips later in life. Speak to your vet if you think your dog might be developing arthritis.
If your dog’s pain is severe and becomes uncontrollable, it may be necessary to consider making the very difficult decision to put them to sleep.