How To Help Your Dog With Hip Dysplasia
What is Hip Dysplasia in Dogs?
What is hip dysplasia? Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that is commonly found in dogs and most notably, larger breed dogs. Some of the most common breeds affected are German Shepherd Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, English Bulldogs and Golden Retrievers. Causes of canine hip dysplasia are primarily congenital but environmental factors such as the dog's diet can have a critical role. Abundant research on hip dysplasia in dogs indicates that good nutrition and dog joint support supplements can greatly affect the quality of life and mobility of your pet.
Symptoms Of Canine Hip Dysplasia:
XRAYs are the most common method for diagnosis although the hip dysplasia may not show up completely until the dog is several years old. The dog may have bursts of energy and be able to run as a young dog, but the exercise is just not as consistent as a dog of a comparable age. Young dogs may tire more easily after playing. Many dogs with hip dysplasia may have had it to some extent all of their lives (congenital) and thus, may not show extensive outward signs of pain for several years. The extent to which this congenital defect may affect the dog's quality of life can be greatly improved using a holistic approach involving joint support supplements and antioxidants to reduce the rate of deterioration.
In other words, anatomy does not have to be destiny.
- Reluctance to exercise
- Abnormal gait (can be very subtle at first)
- Stiffness arising or walking up stairs
- Tiring easily after exercise
- "Bunny-hopping" when running; where the legs move together
What Are The Best Supplements For Hip Dysplasia In Dogs?
Recommended by Veterinarians, the supplements below (please scroll down to view products) have been proven to help reduce pain and discomfort, promote healing and repair of the cartilage, reduce atrophy and improve mobility of dogs with hip dysplasia.
Special SAMe - Science-based synergistic formula proven to support joint health, relieve pain from arthritis and reduce inflammaton. Special SAMe is essential if your dog is taking anti-inflammatory pain medications as it is an antioxidant that detoxifies the liver.
Ultraflex Collagen For Pets - Collagen enhances the flexibility of the tissues and enhances the strength and vitality of your dog's bones. This natural "whole-food" supplement builds cartilage, joint and connective tissue.
Arthritis & Joint Support Kit - Contains three supplements for maximum effectiveness. Veterinary recommended for hip dysplasia, the natural remedies in the Kit promote joint repair, reduce inflammation and increase mobility. Contains Amazing Omegas Fish Oil, Curcumin for Pets and Arthrosoothe--basic building blocks to repair cartilage and support the joints.
CW Paws - Just a few drops of this organic anti-inflammatory oil relieves pain and reduces inflammation. Many clients report that their dogs are able to get off or significantly reduce pain medication and anti-inflammatories using CW Paws.
While many dogs may require pain and anti-inflammatory medications, using the joint support supplements for hip dysplasia can significantly reduce the frequency and dosage of medications required.In addition to supplements, other holistic treatments will also help dogs with hip problems. Physical therapies such as chiropractic, acupuncture, stretching, massage, laser treatment, acuscope and aquatic therapy are all beneficial. Feeding a low inflammatory, hypoallergenic diet can also make a tremendous difference for your dog with hip dysplasia. It's also important to keep your dog's weight down as obesity puts more pressure on the joints. Frequent, short walks are helpful. Please include your dog's diet on the order form at checkout and our nutritionist will include diet tips on the packing slip that comes with your product directions. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be glad to help.
Natural Treatments For Canine Hip Dysplasia
"Legend is our 10 1/2 year old rescued husky. We got Legend when he was about a year old and noticed that he had difficulty sitting down on hard surfaces and when he did sit down, his legs and paws would go slightly outward, not straight forward like other dogs. He seemed happy and playful but couldn't keep up with other dogs that were much older than he was. When Legend was around 2 years old, we discovered the severity of his condition. Legend loved to go to doggie day care but one day when we brought him home, he became very quiet. The next day, he could hardly get up. We found out that Legend had severe congenital hip dysplasia and were told that he would need to be on medication for the rest of his life. We gave Legend Metacam at first, but started him right away on Special SAMe based on our veterinarian's recommendation. We learned about the benefits of collagen and added the Ultraflex as well as the Joint Support Kit. We also started him on chiropractic adjustments and cold laser. Within about a month, Legend was back to his old self. Over the years, we have consistently used the supplements and recently added CW Paws anti-inflammatory drops. This year, we started Legend on a physical therapy program and you can see how much fun he is having! We are so grateful that a holistic approach has helped him and we have not had to use any pain or anti-inflammatory medications in years." - The Davis Family, CA