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A Brief 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 the 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 normal 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 and insecure operation.  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 immobility or 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.

As one of the authors of this article, I must relate my own experience with this condition. We obtained our Border Collie, Bella, from a breeder on the east coast. She arrived at about 4 months of age. She was already use to her kennel, felt secure there, and slept there until mostly grown.  Within initial weeks I already began to suspect hip dysplasia – due to the difficulty, slowness, and careful many in which she would ‘get up’. I initially attributed this to the plastic floor of the kennel and her long nails. But, as time passed, it was really obvious it was hip dysplasia.  To this day, 10 years later, she is always very slow and careful when getting up, whether on carpet or any other surface.  It’s obvious – for many reasons – that she senses those hips are very “loosy-goosy”.  However, she has NEVER exhibited any pain or discomfort while getting up (or anything else) because she has always had the NZYMES in her daily diet (more on that below).  Other indications: 1) she loves to play ball or Frisbee, but she will never jump really high to catch a Frisbee or ball the way normal Border’s regularly do; 2) she also will not jump into the back seat of our Suv; 3) when she walks or runs, her hind legs are extremely close together, almost overlapping.  But, again, she plays and enjoys life like any other dog, never exhibiting any pain.

What Can You Dog for Your Dog with Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia

The best prevention for ‘developmental’ Hip Dysplasia is to feed a bit more premium diet, including special NZYMES® nutritional supplementation, in order to ensure or promote slow and even development in the realm of muscle and bone growth. In the same manner, for a dog already suffering with hip dysplasia (either developmental or genetic), you can make a HUGE difference in quality-of-life for that dog with a small daily dose of one of the NZYMES® super-food supplements, either the Antioxidant Treats or Sprouted GranulesEither product (Treats for fun, Granules for economy) will provide daily Fuel to promote the body’s natural abilities to control or abate the inflammation common to painful Arthritic/dysplasia symptoms. Daily use of either product, along with a sound Feed Program for Orthopedic Problems will provide you with the results you desire.

For an increased scope of understanding, supporting documentation is provided here:

You can easily visualize how this might work in YOUR dog’s life with a pair of Video Examples:  LILY (a mild case), or DIXIE (an extreme case, where surgery already failed).

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