For more than 30 years researchers and German Shepherd breeders have determined genetic breeding standards for the desire to completely suppress the hip dysplasia.
Unfortunately the Hip Dysplasia is not a simple genetic disease, but a polygenic disease and this problem, coupled with multifactor parenting issues have made futile the efforts to eradicate this disease.
The different factors that accompany the breeding of the puppy, and which are partially responsible for Dysplasia, are being investigated, as well as the rule that dogs that possess this characteristic do not obtain the corresponding certificate to reproduce.
Once detected the disease can be treated in different ways and always taking into account the age of our German Shepherd and the extent and depth of the disease.
There are medical and surgical methods for treating hip dysplasia in German Shepherds.
It consists of rest and specific exercises guided by a professional (and you can easily learn to do them yourself), anti – inflammatory, painkillers and avoiding sudden movements or exercises.
This treatment can be done to relieve pain or repair the damage.
Surgery to reduce pain (Pectinectomy) involves cutting the pectineus tendon, with this a greater bearing surface of the femoral head is achieved, reducing pressure and consequently pain.
Surgery to repair the damage is costlier and recommended in puppies that have not yet finished forming their bones.
There is also a damage repair for adult dogs and consist in replacing the damaged bone with a prosthesis, or place a Total Hip Prosthesis.