Ilium, ischium, pubis, and sacrum make up the pelvis which links the spine to the hind limbs. These four bones form a box that also protects the urinary, reproductive, and intestinal tracts. Dysplasia or malformed joints and fractures are common disorders of the pelvis. If left untreated, dysplastic hips can lead to arthritis. Due to the anatomy of the bones, any fracture can result in multiple injuries, and damage to internal organs may occur. Hip inflammation can be minimized by maintaining a healthy weight. Dogs suffering from hip pain have difficulty getting up and move slowly. In case of inflammation, your vet may recommend anti-inflammatory medication, food additives, physical therapy, or surgery that will strengthen the hip joint and improve your dog’s quality of life.