A suitable diagnosis can only be made using X-rays of the pelvis and hips. One of the main problems about X-ray is that the dog will be under intense anesthesia, which entails its own set of risks. If you choose to perform the test, the X-rays will allow your veterinarian to evaluate the severity of your dog hip dysplasia, which varies from moderate to severe. The diagnosis depends on placing the femur on the right position (the acetabulum). Once the situation is serious, it cannot be reversed. Lameness is erratic and may be present or unnoticeable.
There are some actions that can help your dog rest from the pain. These include chiropractic adjustments, massage, acupuncture, hydrotherapy and, if necessary, pain medication.
Acupressure: This has to do with the use of hands, elbows, and knees instead of needles by the practitioners to maintain light pressure on the same meridian point used in the acupuncture. This method is easier for those that wish to perform at home treatment for their sick dog. Just be sure to consult your veterinarian before beginning to try your own treatment.
Chiropractic care: When the hips are in poor condition, the rest of the body is often overcompensating to let go of the damaged joint. After a period of time, this uneven distribution of weight can cause an interruption of your dog’s spine. This is the reason why regular visits to a chiropractor are a good idea for your dog to correct and avoid more problems along the way.
Massage: A qualified massage therapist can help improve your dog’s aching and stiff limbs and reduce the discomfort of hip dysplasia. Many people also use massage therapy to help those suffering from muscle stress and arthritis.
Hydrotherapy: when your dog injured his hip, one of the most significant things to regulate is the dog body weight. Excess weight on the dog will increase the pressure on his hips and cause excessive pain. This often causes your dog to become more inactive, which only stimulates the condition. Hydrotherapy offers your dog a low form of exercises, which helps promote movement and weight loss, as well as reduce muscle and joint stiffness.
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