What Is Hip Dysplasia Anyway?
Hip dysplasia is what happens when your dog’s hips don’t form right, causing the hips to partially dislocate. This can lead to the early development of joint disease. This malady can cause your dog a lot of pain and make it difficult for your dog to walk around. The cause is typically genetic, and being overweight can exacerbate the problem. Even though it tends to affect large dogs a lot more, small dogs can still get it.
Since the condition is inherited, there’s no real cure for hip dysplasia. But, there are a lot of great ways to manage and treat it.
Hip dysplasia isn’t a death sentence. It doesn’t mean your dog’s quality of life will be terrible forever. You can do so much to reduce the pain and make life comfortable for your pooch. This list is a good place to start, but you’ll get a lot more help talking to your veterinarian.
Steps You Can Take To Manage And Treat Hip Dysplasia At Home
#1. Physical Exercise
Routine exercise, something low-impact like leash walking or swimming, will help reduce joint pain. It will slowly build up increased muscle and tendon strength, too. When you’re out walking your dog, try to keep it away from hard surfaces like asphalt or concrete. It can be tough on the joints and could do damage. You wouldn’t want to undercut the progress you made by creating additional strain and stress.
#2. Physical Therapy
Physical therapy can do a lot to lessen your dog’s pain increase his mobility. From hydrotherapy to massages, physical therapy can be a great help when it’s done right. If deciding on trying massages be sure to make sure they are licensed in your state. Before beginning, be sure to discuss with your veterinarian who knows what your dog can handle. You wouldn’t want to do more harm than good.
#3. Joint Prescription Supplements And Diets
Joint prescription diets and special supplements can help your dog do better. They can reduce inflammation and enhance cartilage healing.
#4. Some Pain Meds
Give your pooch pain meds, like NSAIDS, to lessen pain, but in line with what your veterinarian recommends.
#5. Make A Dog-Friendly Environment At Home
Make a dog-friendly environment at home. Reduce your dog’s movement up and down steps. A soft mattress and a heated dog bed can also work well.
Hip dysplasia can be extremely painful for your dog, but there is a lot you can do to mitigate the pain. There is no cure, but you can treat and manage it at home with great tips from veterinarians and consistency. There is a lot you can do to make your dog more comfortable.
This isn’t a comprehensive list. There are a number of other procedures and programs. Talk to your veterinarian about what else you can do. A veterinarian is your best bet because he can tell you what to do specifically for your dog. He will analyze and assess your dog and will know exactly what will work best for his specific condition.