Any dog can suffer from hip dysplasia. It was usually thought that only the larger breeds are vulnerable to hip dysplasia, but that is not correct. Large breeds are more susceptible to hip dysplasia, but many of the small breeds too can be affected.
Dog breeds vulnerable to hip dysplasia
The following are just a few of the breeds that are more prone to hip dysplasia.
- Labrador Retrievers
- Golden Retrievers
- Doberman Pinchers
- Standard Poodles
- Pembroke Welsh Corgis
- Siberian Huskies
- German Shepherds
Some of the symptoms of hip dysplasia
- Difficulty standing up when in lying position
- Not wanting to climb stairs
- Decrease in their activity
- Limping or dragging a rear leg
- Not wanting to jump up
- Swaggering gait – loss of rear stability
- Pain from adjusting of the joint
- “Bunny hopping”
Inhibiting the process and/or attempting to avoid hip dysplasia
Veterinarians have taken care of hip dysplasia with medications as well as surgery. If you have a breed that is vulnerable to hip dysplasia, there are numerous steps you can take to try and prevent it, or perhaps slow down the process.
- A low-mineral diet regime would be the healthiest choice for young dogs which could be susceptible to hip dysplasia. This is due to the fact that it contains considerably less calcium and in general, has a better amounts of electrolytes than regular. There are various diets available by prescription, just consult your Veterinarian.
- While she is still a puppy, feed the rapidly growing puppy properly, but do not over do it. A leaner puppy is much better because she does not have to carry the excess weight that puts pressure and pain on her hips.
- You should never give calcium supplements. Yes, puppies do need calcium, but not the calcium supplements. Puppy meals already consist of plenty of calcium. Calcium supplements can interrupt the normal development of bones and cartilage in large dogs.
- Workouts is good provided that it is not over-done. Swimming is a good approach to exercise your dog since it helps lessen the damage in the joints. Take the dog for a long stroll as a part of her daily workout.
If your dog has already developed symptoms of hip dysplasia, The following are a few things you can do to help lessen the pain.
- Once again, keep the weight down and always keep her moving. A couple of times a day, allow her to come outside with you while you do garden work, or have her walk around for 10-20 minutes. Rest is equally essential too; as it can aid the hips to feel better if she is feeling too much pain that day.
- Consult your Veterinarian to prescribe some over-the-counter medications that would be suitable for her discomfort. If the pain deteriorates, she will need to be put on more potent prescription drugs.
- Ensure she has a comfortable place to sleep. Put extra rugs for her to sleep on.
Offer your mature dog a soothing massage around the hip joints to help relieve the stiff and painful joints.