The Further Adventures of Understanding Hip Dysplasia
Dogs really are the favorite pet and best friend of humans around the world. As the joke goes, if you want to see which one loves you more – your wife or your dog – just put both of them in the trunk of your car for a couple of hours. When you open the trunk, which one is happy to see you? Kidding aside, we do love our dogs and they love us. It is our responsibility to make sure they have the best available care we can give.
A common ailment that many large breed dogs have is a condition called hip dysplasia. The hip joint is a “ball and socket” joint. Hip dysplasia RESULTS when the hip joints fail to develop normally. There are several factors involved, but genetics research tends to validate a pattern of inheritance for this problem, making the condition hereditary in nature. It shows up in males and females as gender does not seem to a factor. Large and giant breeds are most commonly affected, but small breed dogs can also be affected.
Hip dysplasia often begins while a dog is still young and physically immature. Early onset usually develops after several months of age. (There are also cases of later onset, but that is usually caused by osteoarthritis.)
MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS OF HIP DYSPLASIA:
- Noticeable difficulty in rising (getting up)
- Decreased activity with reluctance to run, jump or climb stairs
- “Bunny-hopping” or swaying gait
- “Grating” sound or feel with hip movement
- Loss of muscle mass in thigh muscles
- Joint looseness & associated hip pain (not necessarily observable)
There are several ways and methods to treat hip dysplasia. Your veterinarian may recommend surgery, but that should be a last resort after all nonsurgical methods have been tried. Specific exercise is very helpful.
Passive joint movement and swimming are excellent exercises that help this problem. (2) Weight control is extremely important, and special diets for large breed dogs as they are young and growing rapidly are also important.
COMMON TREATMENTS FOUND FOR HIP DYSPLASIA:
- Canine massage (this helps move lymph fluid and nutrients move through the body, as well as reducing pain)
- Weight control and regular exercise
- Non-steroidal/anti-inflammatory drugs can help with pain and inflammation in the joints
- A glucosamine-based nutritional supplement may give the body additional raw materials used in joint repair.
- Nutritional supplements that aid in repair, joint health, and cellular wellness
- Surgery (after all the above have been tried)
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