Hip dysplasia is a degenerative disease affecting a dog’s hip joints. Hip dysplasia is seen in almost every dog breed, but it is predominant in larger dogs. Dogs of all ages may have some of the symptoms of hip dysplasia. The vast majority of cases begin to show up in the middle or later years.
Dog owners usually notice that something is not quite right when their pets begin walking with an abnormal gait. Be sure to visit your veterinarian at the first sign that your dog is not walking correctly or seems to be in pain.
Treatment depends upon the severity of clinical signs and x-ray results. Conventional treatment may consist of steroids and or surgical procedures. Total hip replacements are now performed on dogs.
Non-surgical treatment of hip dysplasia is essentially the same as a non-surgical treatment for any other type of arthritis. Treatment is a combination of prescription drugs, diet, exercise, and vitamin supplements. Exercise is a must for dogs with hip dysplasia.
Treatments for canine arthritis range from natural supplements using chondroitin and glucosamine and acupuncture. Some herbal supplements that have been used for centuries in India are Boswellia and turmeric. Conservative treatment is sometimes enough and will depend upon the severity of the case.
Keep your dog from becoming overweight as this will only contribute to the pain and arthritis.
Much new arthritis and hip dysplasia treatments are available for dogs. Check with your conventional veterinarian and your alternative medicine veterinarian. Remember your best friend cannot tell you about the pain he is in. If you suspect your dog is in pain call your veterinarian.