How to Help Prevent Hip Dysplasia + OFA Hip Testing
Genetic and environmental factors play a role in your Goldendoodle's risk for developing hip dysplasia. Because we want to set your goldendoodle puppy up for success, we test the parent dogs before breeding them to decrease the possibility of a genetic predisposition. To test for hip dysplasia, an experienced veterinarian takes x-rays of the dog’s hips and those x-rays are then sent to OFA where multiple specialized veterinarians examine them to determine the official reading.
We’re happy to report that your puppy comes from health-tested parents so fortunately the hereditary aspect is minimized. Even so, because puppy bones and joints are immature, many environmental factors influence hip health, especially during the first 6 months of your pup’s life. There are a few things you can do to help ensure that your goldendoodle doesn't develop hip dysplasia.
Don’t Over-Exercise Your Pup or Encourage Her to Exercise When She’s tired.
General puppy gallivanting around your backyard is important for muscle development, but do not take your pup on walks longer than a mile and never take your young pup on a run. If your pup lies down on a walk, it’s her way of saying she’s had enough. Allow her to rest and don’t push her to go any further.
Stay Off the Stairs
At 6 months old, a goldendoodle pup can jump over something about 4″ in height. Also be careful not to let your goldendoodle pup jump off of an elevated surface like a couch or out of a car, as injuries can easily happen.
Obese Dogs Are More Likely to Develop Hip Dysplasia
Weight is important throughout your Goldendoodle's life because obese dogs of any age are more likely to develop hip dysplasia. By being careful not to over-exercise your goldendoodle pup, not allowing her to jump or use stairs, and helping her maintain a healthy weight throughout her life you are playing your part in helping prevent her from developing hip dysplasia.
If you are interested in learning more about hip dysplasia, check out this article from the United States Dog Agility Association (USDAA).
"*Disclaimer: Information on this site is not intended to substitute for advice given by your veterinarian." *