What is hip dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a skeletal condition that especially affects large dog breeds and less common in smaller breeds.
This is a disease that affects thehip joint which is like a ball and socket joint, when a dog has hip dysplasia this joint does not develop correctly and instead of sliding smoothly the joint tends to grind.
7 Signs and symptoms of hip dysplasia
#1 Stiffness and pain
#2 Muscle mass loss in the thighs
#3 Not as active as they were
#4 They have a narrow stance
#5 Their hind end exhibits a lameness
#6 They tend to sway when they move especially at their tail end
#7 Climbing stairs, running or jumping becomes difficult for them as well as trying to get up from a lying down position.
What causes this disease?
Hip dysplasia is a common genetic disease found in the larger breeds of dogs such as St Bernard, German Shepard, Great Dane and Golden Retriever Labrador.
The disease usually shows by the time the dog is 18 months old and studies have shown that environmental factors such as poor diet, overweight, torn ligaments (especially at an early age), etc.
There have even been studies that have shown dogs that were neutered too early were more likely to get hip dysplasia than those that were neutered at a later stage of their life.
As this disease gets more and more researched new information is continuously coming to light. As with the many other diseases out there today science has made some major breakthroughs in understanding this disease and its origins more.
How is the disease treated?
There are various types of operations that can be performed on your dogs such as a triple pelvic osteotomy, femoral head ostectomy, total hip replacement and dorsal acetabular rim arthroplasty.
There are many natural remedies as well as various rehabilitation therapy’s such a laser therapy, hydro-therapy and weight control.
If your dog does have hip dysplasia do not despair as it can be treated, through various, therapies, lifestyle changes and treatment you best friend and a faithful companion can go on to live a productive life.
Speak to your vet and they will help you and your dog through the change one will have to make living with this disease.There are also many different beds and custom designed feeding bowls to help ease your dog’s pain and designed for the comfort to help with hip dysplasia.