The main symptoms are pain and lameness.

Clinically, besides signs of pain muscular atrophy is observed as a decrease in function of muscular groups.

There are clear changes of behaviour, which are expressed sometimes with aggressivity.

There is difficulty in movements, such as going up and down stairs, armchairs, beds, etc. Patients take an antalgic attitude, i.e. shifting their gravity centre to the affected area.

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Muscular atrophy - Antalgic attitude

It may take a long time for dog owners to perceive coxofemoral displasia. It may appear suddenly, and acutely or progressively or intermittently as a response to bad weather, weather changes or excess of movements.

With the dog in movement (see video) it is clearly seen that it drags the affected paw. The position of the tail can be observed, which can even drag, showing in this way the difficulty in movement due to pain.

Clinically, excessive wearing of nails can be seen and also erosions and injuries may be found on the dorsal side of the paw.

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Dog in movement
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