What's the Difference Between Canine Arthritis and Hip Dysplasia?
What's the difference between canine arthritis and hip dysplasia?
So a lot of people get confused between canine arthritis and hip dysplasia when actually they're very related. Hip dysplasia precedes arthritis. So hip dysplasia is talking about the fact that the ball and the socket joints aren't the perfect fit. So if they're not a perfect fit, they're not nice snug fit, and they're nice and secure, that ball joints can actually bounce around and move inappropriately within that socket. And it wears away the socket. It causes the cartilage on this surface and this surface to wear away and expose bone. And that basically is arthritis. So arthritis comes after hip dysplasia, so they're together.
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