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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

An Nzymes Overview of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs


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.  However, many cases can be tied to developmental growth abnormalities that may be attributed to muscle laxity during the early months of the animals bone/muscle development.  In other words, within the developmental puppy months time-frame, if muscle tone is inadequate, or if the bone-growth rate exceeds that of muscle development, the femoral head pulls away from the socket; a process known as subluxation. This subluxation then leads to abnormal wear and erosion, compounding the dysplasia condition. Such on-going degradation can result in mild to severe arthritic issues, including pain and inflammatory discomfort for the animal.

Canine Hip Dysplasia

Example: Bilateral dysplasia in Dog Hips

In normal, healthy ‘non-affected dogs’, the hip joint fits together snugly and smoothly; see Example of Healthy Dog Hip Joints. (nice ‘socket’ structure). In dogs with dysplasia of the hips, however, the head of the femur fits loosely into the pelvis, causing excessive rubbing and insecure operation.  Thus the term ‘loose hips’.  Eventually, the cartilage that protects the joint (and bone) is worn through due to such misalignment which increases inflammation, pain and can lead to limping, lameness or difficulty rising. Severe cases of hip dysplasia can lead to complete loss of mobility in the hind legs. Current Veterinary theory believes that straight heredity issues may account for about twenty-five percent of a dog’s predisposition toward hip dysplasia; very likely a ‘wild guess’. See 2 Examples of Genetic dysplasia in the next section.  But certainly, unbalanced growth factors (associated with incorrect nutrition) can play a major role in the development of this condition, not to mention general wear and tear on hips with mild flaws in youth. Other contributing factors to worsening of the problem are the animal’s diet, weight, activity level, and degradation of Synovial Fluid charged with lubrication & cushioning of joints. This latter item is easily tied to nutrition deficiency.  Canine hip dysplasia is particularly prevalent in large, fast growing Dog Breeds, including Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Chesapeake Bay Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and German Shepherds, to name a few.

Examples of GENETIC Dysplasia cases:  1) Serious Dysplasia in young Shepherd; 2) the Author’s Border Collie 

How a Dysplasia-Distressed Dog Can Enjoy a Fully Functional Lifestyle

The best prevention for ‘developmental’ Hip Dysplasia is to feed a bit more premium diet, along with the ultra-special nutritional support only available with NZYMES® supplementation.  Such support, in early stages, helps to ensure or promote slow and even development in the realm of muscle and bone growth. However, what we prove every day, is that – regardless of the cause of the hip dysplasia, or how long the suffering – the difference that can be observed in the life of a dog receiving such daily supplementation is nothing less than HUGE. You must see for yourself the wonders the body is capable of – upon receiving a small amount of either NZYMES® super-food supplement, Antioxidant Treats or Sprouted Granules on a daily basis. Either product (Treats for fun, Granules for economy) will provide daily Resources the Body can utilize to promote its own natural abilities to: 1) manage or abate the inflammation common to painful Dysplasia/arthritic symptoms; 2) better manage the synovial fluid important to joint health. Yes, daily use of either product, along with a sound Feed Program will surely provide you with the results you can’t yet imagine.

AUTHOR NOTES: From Example 2 above (my Border Collie), you can see maybe the worst Hips ever.  I knew Bella had dysplasia when we got her – at 5 months. The manner she used to ‘get up’ – so slow and careful – has been part of her daily life.  But, having always been an NZYMES® dog, she has always been comfortable and playful. You can see her run & Play in the Dixie Video (below, Right). Now at 13 (2+ years after that Xray), she still gets up and down 50-60 times/day, and Herds/chases our 3 little dogs.


MORE: Further information, and Breed-Specific info

REVIEWS - Dog Hip Dysplasia

Video Examples

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LILY and bad hips
Marlon and bad hips
Dixie after hip surgery

Product Choices for Dogs Suffering Hip Dysplasia

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