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The word dysplasia has its origins in Ancient Greek. ‘Dys’ meaning bad or difficult and ‘Plasis’ means formation. Hip dysplasia (HD) then implies malformation of the hip joint. The condition is genetic and has been diagnosed in many dog breeds both large and small.

The malformation of the hip begins with a laxity/looseness of the hip joint. All puppies have normal hips at birth and for the first two months of life. Once the puppies start to walk and bear weight the laxity results in an instability of the ball and socket joint. A normal joint has no laxity and the ball fits snugly into the joint. With each step the socket is deepened by the pressure of the ball. Each time an affected puppy steps and bears weight the ball moves a little out of the joint (subluxates) and puts pressure on the rim of the pelvis (instead of in the socket).