Dog Hip Dysplasia

by admin on July 17, 2010

Hip dysplasia is a degenerating join disease though to be genetic, and is more often found among larger breeds. High risk breeds include: German Shepard’s, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, Saint Bernard’s and Rottweiler’s.

Symptoms

  • Stiffness
  • Limping/hoping
  • Loss of muscle tone

Diagnosis

Hip Dysplasia requires x-rays and a physical exam preformed by a veterinarian. There are other causes that often masquerade as hip dysplasia, the most common being a ruptured ACL ligament.

Treatment

There are several options for treatment, but all include surgery. The two most common procedures are:

  1. Triple Pelvic Ostetomy (TPO): Usually preformed on dogs less than 10 months old.
  2. Total Hip Replacement: Removal of effected joint and replacement with prosthesis

There is other at home care that can accompany surgery repair:

Weight: Keeping your dog at a healthy and lean weight will reduce unnecessary strain on the joint.

Exercise: Moderate/controlled exercise will keep the muscles strong, helping stabilize the joint. Most helpful exercises are swimming and slow walks making sure the leg is being used.

Supplements:

  • Glucosamine
  • Chondroitin
  • Ester-C (studies have shown using Ester-C can be beneficial)
  • Buffered Aspirin
  • Omega-3 fatty acids

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