Hip Dysplasia in Cane Corsos
Dysplasia (CHD) is an orthopedic problem, which can result in remodeling of the femur,
wearing away of the acetabulum, and other arthritic changes. Although CHD is primarily an
inherited defect, the severity of the disease is influenced by environment, e.g., growth
rate, diet, and exercise. CHD is one of the
primary health problems in Cane Corsos. There are several excellent articles explaining
CHD in detail listed under the "General" category below. Early preventive steps
can be key in reducing the severity of expression of CHD - maintaining a slow growth rate
and good muscle tone, and never allowing the dog to become over weight.
there are several screening techniques and certifying agencies available to help breeders
eliminate affected dogs from their breeding programs including the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), the Institute for Genetic Disease Control
(GDC) and PennHIP. While there is alot of controversy as to
which one is the best or most accurate, each provides breeders with a method for assessing
the actual structure of their dog's hip joints. For more information on current screening
techniques go to the "Diagnosis and Certification" section below.
there is a DNA test to determine who the unaffected carriers are this disease will
continue to plague our Breed and the only way for now to keep it in check is to at least
know who the affected dogs are.
dogs with CHD are doomed to live a crippled existence. Some dogs whose radiographs show
obvious signs of CHD live active happy lives without surgical intervention and sometimes
without any treatment at all. If, unfortunately, yours does not fall into that category
there are many treatment options to consider. Please take a minute to look at a few of the
nonsurgical treatments that are available such as Acupuncture, Chiropractic Adjustment and
Nutraceutical Supplement Therapy. These alternative therapies have helped a great many
dogs with CHD lead a relatively pain free life. Some surgical options can only be
performed at a young age and your dogs' size activity level and pain tolerance should be
considered when you discuss options with your Veterinarian. The OFA site at http://www.offa.org/hdtreat.html has an excellent general overview of surgical
procedures. Your Veterinarian is your best source for options for YOUR dog. For those
times when a little 'help' may be necessary please refer to the web sites listed at the
bottom of this page under "Mobility Assistance Items"
for harnesses, slings, traction boots, support carts, etc.
available at this website is a roster of Cane Corsos that have passed OFA certification.
You can also query for the latest OFA information on the
always verify the hip scores which breeder claims their dog have. If you do not wish to do a query on OFA ask the
breeder for a copy. PennHIP does not make
it's scores available but again, ask the breeder for a copy.
· Hip Dysplasia - Understanding the condition
and its treatment
Diagnosis and Certification
· Orthopedic Foundation for Animcals (OFA)
Treatment and Care
· Hip Dysplasia
Mobility Assistance Items