None of my dogs have ever had hip dysplasia, although we've had breeds prone to it. I don't know a whole lot about it and it's never been much of a concern...but lately I've been wondering. I'm not 100% sure what to look for exactly, other than the obvious hip pain. And yes, I do realize I need to speak with my vet--just haven't done it yet. First of all, Mud was a rescue, so no health guarantees or hip tests or anything like that could've warned me of anything. I've had her a little over a year now, and for as long as I remember she's been a little slow to get up when she's snoozing on her side or laying with her legs to one side. She's extremely active, and she hasn't had trouble with any activities I've thrown at her--if she did I would stop immediately. She can't jump very high, which isn't exactly a concern, but with her build it shouldn't be hard for her really. Push ups are very easy, and she has no trouble going from sits or downs to stands. But when she's just laying around either on her side or with her legs to one side, she has a little trouble getting up. Running doesn't bother her a bit. If I ask for a high jump, it takes a great deal of effort on her part to do it. For this reason I have hardly ever asked for much height over things with her. I've also noticed that the claws on one back paw wear much, much more than the other side. Sometimes it just seems like her hips bother her a bit. So here's my questions: What should I look for, and are these things to worry about? Can hip dysplasia effect only one hip? Can this develop at any age, and if she's already having trouble at 4 yrs old then should I be panicing and supporting canine hip replacement research? (Lol. :dogwub: ) When her hips get checked out by the vet, if they find something, what should I expect? How is it treated? Is it treatable? Curable? Can damage be fixed or does treatment just slow the dysplasia's progress? Being an active dog, do I need to worry about curbing her activity? I really don't want to, because she would really hate it. But, if she needs it, then....well, lots more trick training for us I suppose. Is there anything else I need to know? Thanks a bunch everyone. I think I've been kind of putting it off because I'm not sure I want to know. :dogunsure: But regardless, I won't neglect her needs. She is indeed a very happy and active dog, and for the most part she doesn't have problems--it's just when she's getting up from a "lazy down"(lying without legs underneath her). Seeing as how it's been a consistent thing though, I don't think it's normal. The only problem she's had otherwise was once after a long jog and looong game of fetch with Zeke. We were in the field a little ways behind my house, and when we walked back she was dragging her rear paws--walking, but dragging her toes. That seemed more neurological to me, but after drinking lots, getting a massage, and resting, she was raring to go again and seemed fine. She's never done that again, so I don't think that's related at all. Anyway...just wanted to know if I'm being crazy or if I should be rushing her to the vet ASAP.