Hip Dysplasia

by admin on August 4, 2010

Hip Dysplasia:

Hip Dysplasia is a degenerating joint disease thought 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             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, while 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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