Canine Hip Dysplasia Overview

By on October 26, 2015

An Introductory Overview of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Canine Hip Dysplasia

Example of dog with bilateral hip dysplasia

Affecting a fair percentage of dogs, hip dysplasia (sometimes referred to as ‘loose hips’) is a developmental malformation or subluxation of the hip joints, eventually resulting in Arthritic issues. Quite often, such dysplasia abnormalities are actually a genetically inherited or carried over from the reproductive process.  Since many cases can be tied to developmental abnormalities, another frequent cause can be attributed to muscle laxity during the early months of growth and development.  In other words, within the ‘puppy months’, or developmental time-frame, if muscle tone is inadequate, or if bone-growth rate exceeds that of muscle development, the femoral head pulls away from the socket, a process known as subluxation. Subluxation then leads to abnormal wear and erosion, creating the dysplasia condition. This can frequently result in mild to severe arthritic issues, including pain/discomfort for the animal.  In-depth details & Pictures, available here Understanding Hip Dysplasia.

In non-affected dogs, the hip joint fits together snugly and smoothly.  In dogs with dysplasia of the hips, however, the head of the femur fits loosely into the pelvis, causing excessive rubbing.  Thus the term ‘loose hips’. Eventually, the cartilage that cushions the joint is worn through because of this misalignment, and the dog experiences pain and associated lameness. Severe cases of hip dysplasia can lead to complete loss of mobility in the hind legs. Current veterinary theory believes that straight heredity issues account for about twenty-five percent of a dog’s predisposition toward hip dysplasia. However, as mentioned, unbalanced growth factors (associated with incorrect nutrition) play a major role in the development of this condition. Other contributing factors to worsening of the problem are the animal’s diet, weight, and activity level. Canine hip dysplasia is particularly prevalent in large, fast growing Dog Breeds, including: Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, and German Shepherds, to name a few.

The best prevention for Hip Dysplasia is to feed a diet that provides slow, even development between muscle and bone growth, along with proper nutritional supplements. If you have a dog with H.D., you can provide a natural way to deal with pain inflammation from these Arthritic symptoms by using NZYMES® Antioxidant Treats or Sprouted Granules, along with a Feed Program for Orthopedic Problems.

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