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BVA / Kennel Club hip dysplasia scheme Owner Factsheet

Hip dysplasia (HD) is a condition of the hip joint characterised by instability of the joint. It is generally considered that puppies are born with a normal conformation of the joint but that laxity or instability of the joint develops early in life. The mechanism for the development of laxity is largely genetically mediated but is influenced by environmental factors. These include the size and breed of the dog, its rate of growth, type of feeding, and the type and duration of exercise.

Hip: dysplasia (maximum score) - radiograph VD ©John Houlton

What causes hip dysplasia?

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What is the BVA /KC hip dysplasia scheme?

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How are the radiographic images interpreted?

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