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Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia

Herbal and marine remedies for natural relief of hip dysplasia, joint pain, muscle weakness and degenerative conditions in cats and dogs with arthritis.

The canine and feline musculoskeletal system has many components including bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, and support organs that include the liver, kidneys, and adrenal glands. Age, injuries and wear and tear can undermine your pet’s joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

Hip dysplasia in dogs is one form of arthritis. It refers to the abnormal growth or development of the ball and socket joint of the hips of dogs. Arthritis is a progressive disease related to inflammation of the joint.

Daily wear and tear and sustained damage to the cartilage in the joint slowly destroys the thin layer of protective cartilage. In response, the body creates an inflammatory reaction which furthers leads to cartilage destruction. Because of its self-replicating destructive nature, arthritis requires a product that helps to repair and rebuild cartilage and connective tissue, controls your pet’s inflammatory response and supports a healthy immune system.

In a healthy dog, the upper end of the thighbone (which is shaped like a ball) fits snugly into the socket of the hipbone, and the ball rotates freely, smoothly, and painlessly within the socket. The thighbone and the hipbone are shaped in such a way that they fix into each other perfectly to facilitate smooth movement. To strengthen the joint, the two bones are held together by a strong ligament. In addition, there is a very strong band of connective tissue which encircles the two bones to provide further stability.

Hip dysplasia in dogs is essentially a deformity of the hip joint. In a dog with hip dysplasia, the hip socket may be too shallow to fully and firmly hold the ball-shaped thighbone, or the muscles, ligament, and connective tissue surrounding the joint may not be strong enough to hold the “ball and socket” together. This results in pain and inflammation in one or both of the hip joints, causing difficulty for the dog to get up and walk with ease.

Hip dysplasia in dogs is a condition that can range from just a slight abnormality in the hip joint to the actual dislocation of the joint.

All dogs, young and old, can develop hip dysplasia. However, large breed growing puppies are more prone to develop this joint problem. In extreme cases, very young puppies (around 5 months of age) will start showing signs and symptoms (e.g. limping) during and after vigorous exercise. As time goes on and without medical treatment, these dogs may develop degeneration of the joint, arthritis, inflammation and pain. In serious cases, the dogs may not be able to walk at all.

However, more often than not, the symptoms do not start showing until the dog becomes older.

Heredity

Many veterinarians believe that hip dysplasia in dogs is caused by heredity. Some breeds of large dogs, such as German Shepherds, St. Bernards, Golden Retrievers, etc. are more prone to hip dysplasia. It is also said that there is a high chance that dogs with hip dysplasia will pass the condition down onto their offsprings.

Over-vaccination

Many holistic veterinarians believe that over-vacination can increase the risk of developing hip dysplasia in dogs. They advise that if your dog is young and is genetically predisposed to hip dysplasia, you should consider not vaccinating every year.

Diet

Feeding a diet that has too much or too little calcium or other minerals can also have a detrimental effect on the development of the hip joint. In addition, vitamin deficiencies (especially vitamin C) can also cause canine hip dysplasia.

Dogs and cats that are fed low-quality commercial pet food are at higher risk of suffering from nutritional deficiencies. Feeding a dog home-made dog foods also risks nutritional imbalance and these diets must be carefully monitored to make sure that the dog is getting all the nutrients, essential minerals, and vitamins he needs.

Obesity

It is easy to understand that if a dog is obese , the extra weight will put more stress on the legs and joints supporting the body, thus exacerbating degeneration of the joint in a dog with hip problems.

Exercise

For young growing puppies especially those who are predisposed to hip dysplasia, the type and the amount of exercise is important. Any activities that put a lot of force on the joints are not good. One such activity is playing Frisbee.

For dogs prone to hip dysplasia, exercise should be moderate and focused on developing, strengthening, and maintaining good muscle mass, such as running and swimming.

Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

The symptoms of canine hip dysplasia are very similar to that of osteoarthritis:

Limping or walking with an abnormal gait (The dog may run with a “bunny hopping” gait).

Reduced activities.

Stiffness in the rear legs, especially after exercise or first thing in the morning.

Difficulty rising or lying down or going up stairs.

May resist movements that require full extension or flexion of the rear legs (Hip dysplasia causes pain on hip extension).

Keep Your Pet’s Weight Down

Obesity can aggravate the condition of hip dysplasia in dogs. If your dog has hip dysplasia, therefore, try to keep her slim. If necessary, consult a veterinarian about putting her on a special diet or weight-loss program.

Regular Exercise

Exercising daily is important but not all exercises are the same. For dogs with hip dysplasia, choose exercises that can:

provide for good range of motion;

build muscle;

limit wear and tear on the joints.

Examples:

Walking

Swimming

Slow jogging

If you are unsure as to which exercise is the most appropriate for your dog, consult with your veterinarian.

Keep the Dog Warm and Comfortable

Dogs with arthritis and hip dysplasia should be kept warm as the cold and damp will aggravate the pain. If necessary, put a sweater on your dog when going outside, and get your dog a blanket at night.

A bed with good support is also important for a dog suffering from hip or joint pain. An orthopedic foam bed can help dogs with arthritis. Here is one that is excellent for an arthritic dog:

Conventional Remedies:

A diagnosis will be based on a history of trauma and symptoms presented and your vet will likely take x-rays and blood testes. Synthetic medications such as inflammatories (NSAIDs), aspirin, meloxicam, carprofen, phenylbutazone and corticosteroids are commonly prescribed to block pathways in pain response, but are associated with serious side effects such as gastro-intestinal problems including poor appetite, vomiting, gastro-intestinal ulcers and kidney damage. Cats should not be administered NSAID’s due to side effects.

Conventional treatment also includes surgery (e.g. Triple Pelvic Osteotomy, Total Hip Replacement, Femoral Head Ostectomy), and/or pain-relief and anti-inflammatory medications, weight management, and oral supplements.

Surgical treatments include joint fusion, joint replacement such as hip replacement, joint excision and amputation. Nonsurgical therapies include weight reduction, which has a significant impact on arthritis.

Herbal Remedies:

Herbal remedies provide plant-based pain relief from the discomfort of arthritis, to limit inflammatory response, to provide relief for joint pain, muscle weakness and degenerative conditions, to support bones, blood vessels, joints, ligaments, muscles, nerves, tendons, to support joints and connective tissue, causing stiff and aching joints, degenerative disease and trigger inflammatory responses throughout the body.

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