Canine hip dysplasia is often very painful for a dog and because it is a degenerative condition, which means it steadily gets worse without treatment, it cannot be totally cured. There are medications and ways to help your furry friend have the best quality of life possible. These tips are not extravagant, expensive things. Most times it's the little things that matter. Here are ten things you can do to make life easier for your dog with this form of arthritis.
Exercise - A reasonable amount of exercise is a perfect way to reduce the degeneration of muscle mass. Recommended types of exercise are long walks that will build the hip muscle and fight degeneration by encouraging cartilage growth. It is important that your dog is not overworked and underworked. The key is to be perceptive to the dog’s body language and keep the exercise optimized.
Massages - A veterinarian should be able to give your dog a massage. Massages will ease discomfort and encourage the spread of nutrients and lymph. Massaging the affected hip bone/area will reduce the pain and curb soreness.
Watching your dogs weight - It is said that a weight loss can almost cure any type of arthritis in dogs. Due to their build, most joint pains can be mitigated by weight loss. They walk on all four legs so losing weight would remove pressure on the hip bone and sometimes reduce the level of dysplasia they suffer from. It is the single most effective way to fight canine hip dysplasia.
No Stairs - If your dog suffers from this condition, it is highly advised for them to avoid using stairs. The movement will cause strain on the already sensitive hip bone, make the pain worse and increase swelling. If it is absolutely necessary for the dog to use the stairs, try carrying them or using ramps.
Medication - If you are not going to consider surgery, especially if your dog doesn't suffer from a severe case of canine hip dysplasia, there are several options of medication available. This should be discussed in depth with your veterinarian because some dog breeds may be allergic to drug brands that work for other dogs.
Reduce Stress - If your dog is under stress, try to reduce the amount of work or places they can run to. If you have a large compound, consider investing in some borders so that the dog doesn't run off and further endanger their hip bone. Their exercise must be monitored by you in order to achieve desirable results.
Layer - During the colder months, the pain may get worse so you should invest in sweaters or blankets for your dog. Keeping them warm will help fight the cold that would end up seeping into their bones and causing pain and friction
Adjust the environment - There isn't much you can do about the external environment especially when it is not your property but the house can be adjusted for the dog. If you have tiled floors consider investing in rugs or maybe some dog socks so they don't fall down whenever they're running or playing. Make your living space more conducive so that they're not at risk of worsening the condition.
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Medical Journals and Studies
- Diagnosis, genetic control and preventive management of canine hip dysplasia: A review
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- Hip Dysplasia: Clinical Signs and Physical Examination Findings
(SUP: Volume 47, Issue 4, July 2017, Pages 769-775)
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