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Hip Dysplasia

German Shepherds are prone to getting hip dysplasia, like other large breed dogs. Although it is irreversible, it's possible to help prevent it and to limit your dog's pain.

Like all large breed dogs, German Shepherds are at serious risk of hip dysplasia. According to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals, 19% of German Shepherds will develop hip dysplasia, but some cases are worse than others.

Hip dysplasia is a congenital disorder wherein the hip sockets are too loose and the femur causes damage. Dogs inherit the condition from their parents, but it can be made better or worse through training and activity levels. Usually, hip problems have already developed by 4 months and worsen over time. In some cases, a hip injury can also start the process of dysplasia, even if the dog didn't have the hereditary predisposition. Because they are such active dogs, German Shepherds are at particular risk of incurring these injuries.