Great news! “Janie’s G2,” Bred and sold here and full brother to Janie’s Pistol Annie, is ranked number ONE in the National Association of Louisiana Catahoula’s B-Bay Hog Instinct Trial Standings and he is also ranked number nine in the National Association of Louisiana Catahoula’s Treeing Instinct Trial Standings! We wish him continued success… perhaps there will be yet another champion dog that has evolved from Janie’s Dogs!
Now then… we move on… How can you tell if a dog has hip dysplasia?
Well, there are several, nearly reliable, common methods. The most obvious is when you dog is in severe pain and your pet cannot move and/or wines in extreme pain… really. Of course, these extreme cases are rarely seen. A common, less painful, but just as concerning display of the dog coping with possible hip dysplasia is “Bunny Hopping.” When the dog moves, it will move both back legs together to absorb the shock. Keep in mind though, some dogs show absolutely no visual signs of Hip Dyslasia. Additionally, the spine and the knee/stifle joint compensate for a sore hip …thus causing problem to crop up in those joints as well. Regardless, we all usually turn to either the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), or the University of Pennsylvania Hip Improvement Program (PennHIP) to address a hip rating via x-ray presentation. Your dog is placed under chemical restraint (sweet dreams) and his or her hips are placed into proper position to evaluate their hips joints.
Their are a few differences between the two entities, but both are very reliable. PennHIP evaluation of hips may be conducted as early as 16 weeks of age and OFA evaluation of the hips cannot be performed until 24 months of age. Don’t perform an x-ray for hip evaluation purposes on a female in heat or one that is pregnant. Just as with humans, her joints will be rather lax and loose in preparation for Estrus or giving birth. Wait to evaluate her until a month after weaning her puppies or about a month before or after her last heat cycle if she was not bred. One more thing… if your dog is a couch potato, or is an inactive dog, this will result in some joint laxity. Ok… that is enough to dwell on for now… see you back here for part three!
Have you ever wondered what hip dysplasia is? Over the next week (give or take a day) I will post a bit on this subject. So here we go with Part ONE: Hip Dysplasia is one of the most studied conditions in dogs. Did you know that this condition can also occur in us, humans? Hip Dysplasia is a malformation of the hip socket and joint. It can break a dog down and it can cause some painful arthritis in the hip joints. Let me show you what a normal (nice and tight) hip joint looks like:
Now then… let’s look at a set of dysplastic hips… I call it “loose hips.”
See the difference? It is a pretty big evaluation. Veterinarians evaluate nine places on the joint and femoral head to determine hip condition. (Now, keep in mind that I am not a vet). Anyways, during the next post, I will get into a bit of detail on these comparisons. Meet me back here tomorrow, okie dokie?
Congratulations to DD’s Django (Janie’s Dozer X Banik’s RB Nina), owned by Lamar Smith. Django earned his UKC Show Championship Saturday! You are proving to be a great all-around dog in and out of the ring. I am super proud and your aunt, “Janie’s Pistol Annie” says to tell you are making her proud as well!