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does anyone know if a fall can make a dog get hip displysia? (sp)

my told me that when he went to put the dogs out that our do,g a standard poodle,ella slipped and fell on her side and since then she has been limping on and off. i first thought about the last time she had been limping how i took her to the vet and the very minute we left the vets office she stopped limping and the vet couldn't find anything wrong accept her just being sore from it. so i thought this time i'd wait it out. well so i thought she seemed like she was getting better and sometimes we wouldn't limp but most of the time she is. so i'm thinking maybe this time the fall has cause her to have hip displysia (however you spell it) is this possible? i'm thinking i should make an apt now, it's been about 2 wks.


Asked by melody77 at 10:36 AM on Jan. 24, 2011 in Pets

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  • No, hip displasia is genetic. Your dog could have injured herself when she fell and if she is diagnosed with it, then she was born with it.
    Your dog could have just bruised or pulled something.

    Answer by Gnomeofmyheart at 10:56 AM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • I thought that hip displasia was genetic, not something that could be caused. If she is having problems, I would definitely take her back to the vet and have her examined.

    Answer by Scuba at 10:38 AM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • No, dysplasia occurs when a dog has a femur-thigh bone-that doesn't fit correctly into the pelvic socket. It is a physical problem of the bones and muscle around the bones that is a genetic trait. There are some environmental conditions that can affect dysplasia, such as obesity and placing too much stress on the joints when the dog is not fully developed.

    Unless this is a young puppy who has slipped and torn the ligaments, it really can not cause hip dysplasia.

    Answer by spottedpony at 11:30 AM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • If the vet didn't find anything then it's not likely. During the exam it should have been noticed. If the vet had felt something wrong, they then would have suggest x-rays to confirm the dx. I had a Mastiff with hip dysplasia, since he was so old we just kept him on pain meds when he needed them. Your dog could have bruised something or maybe just pulled a muscle.


    Answer by how_reb at 10:42 AM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • Falling will not cause that. That is caused by genetics. It could be a sprain,broken bone, torn cruciate, there are several differant things so having the vet check her out and maybe doing x-rays would be a good idea.

    Answer by KyliesMom5 at 1:04 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • not it. the fall probably just jolted something. if she continues to limp after a day or two, take the dog to the vet. it cou've bruised or sprained something.

    Answer by mama2bof2 at 3:07 PM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • let me clarify that the last vet visit was sometime last yr or so. not for this fall.

    Comment by melody77 (original poster) at 10:43 AM on Jan. 24, 2011

  • genetics! I have a black and white male standard poodle, so from one poodle person to another, u r a lucky lady! lol

    Answer by Dianakk at 6:56 PM on Jan. 25, 2011