What do you know about canine hip dysplasia? It is a skeletal disorder suffered by the canine when the ball and socket of his hips are not perfectly fitted together. Sometimes, the reason for this is also is because the tissue that binds the ball and socket are not strong enough. We can only imagine what a painful experience even regular movement can be for the dog.
Hip dysplasia is, more often than not, a genetic abnormality that will develop as the dog grows older. Sometimes though, it can be caused by an injury sustained in the puppy's legs and have not been treated properly. Symptoms do not usually manifest until much later on and the harm in this is that when it is not addressed medically, may result in the dog not being able to walk at all.
Does this seem scary? It's a sad fact for some dogs but there are options to help you deal with it. Surgery is used to correct physical deformities of your pet's skeletal structure. The thing is, surgery itself might be a bit too costly; not to mention the hospital visits and maintenance. Now, don't feel bad if this is you. You can use a natural treatment for hip dysplasia that many pet owners have availed of successfully.
Chondroitin and Glucosamine are two supplements that aid in the restoration of the joint and cartilage tissues of dogs. While these natural elements are not pain killers, you will be happy to know that consistently using it will show a marked improvement in your dog after about 6 weeks. There are only a few known side effects of Glucosamine and Chondroitin; but your dog will have to be on these for the rest of his life.
Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane or MSM is a compound that will enhance the connective tissues and reduce joint inflammation which is the common cause for arthritis pain. Herbs like rosemary, licorice, yucca, alfalfa and dandelion are also helpful in easing the painful effects that this condition brings.
Feed your dog a healthy diet that is rich in fatty acids and vitamins C and E. It is vital that you monitor their food intake because weight maintenance is critical in a disease such as this. You should integrate light exercise as recommended by your vet, with the natural treatment for hip dysplasia as previously mentioned.
Exercises should not put too much stress in the joints and ligaments of the canine (avoid extreme sports like Frisbee). The important thing to remember is that the goal is not only to build muscle, but to further develop a wide range of motions. You can try strolling around the park, swimming or slowly climbing up and down the stairs. Because hip dysplasia is usually hereditary, your best course of action is to lower his weight and boost his immune system
I hope you gleaned a lot of helpful information about canine hip dysplasia for you to be able to help your dog effectively. Do what you can to keep your pet as healthy as possible and enjoy the best years of his life when you do.