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Useful supplements for hip dysplasia in dogs

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In dogs hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the coxofemoral joint (bone and ligaments) and it is the most common cause of lameness in dog’s back legs

 Useful supplements for hip dysplasia in dogs

It is more common in the races:

  • German Shepherd
  • Labrador
  • Great Dane
  • Rottweiler
  • Saint Bernard
  • Newfoundland

 

Are we sure that it is just genetics?

 

Even external factors may cause dysplasia

  • The dogs that grow quickly (ages from three to ten months) may be more prone to develop hip dysplasia
  • Unbalanced or overfeeding in nutrients especially in the first months (from 4 to 10)
  • Obesity can increase the severity of the disease in predisposed dogs
  • Intense physical exercise and big jumps at an early age

 

Maintain a good muscle mass may indeed reduce the incidence of the disease

It is preferable a moderate exercise that strengthens muscles, such as light run and swimming

Symptoms

 

  • Pain and discomfort during and after physical exercise (even in puppies of few months)
  • Walk or run with a “waving” gait, the dog seems to “wiggle”
  • Stiffness and pain in the forepaws
  • Lameness
  • Reluctance to go up or jump
  • Muscular hypotonia
  • The dog standing tends to hold very close the back legs
  • Arthritis and arthrosis 

Useful supplements for hip dysplasia in dogs

Useful advice and supplements in the management of hip dysplasia in dogs

 

The objective is to reduce the pain and to limit further damage

 

1. If your pet is overweight, losing weight helps to reduce the pressure on the joints

2. Anti-inflammatories and painkillers to reduce inflammation and

relieve pain

3. Control physical activity

4. Use helpful supplements for the pathology

5. A diet with too much or too low calcium or other unbalanced minerals can also have a negative effect on the development of the hip joint. If you choose to feed your dog with a natural diet you must take into account the proper nutritional balance

6. Heat helps in the management of pain and dysplasia, infrared heat lamp and laser therapy treatments are very useful

7. Use an orthopedic foam mattress that reduces pressure and helps to evenly distribute the weight

8. Use elevated bowls

9. Use a support belt

Useful supplements for hip dysplasia in dogs

 

Useful supplements

 

Glucosamine and Chondroitin (Glucosamine Article)

 

The cells that form cartilage (chondrocytes) are the building blocks necessary to synthesize new cartilage and to repair existing damaged cartilage.

Most of the animals must take these supplements for lifetime. Not all glucosamine are equal, attention with the supplements that you buy, besides glucosamine may increase insulin resistance

Omega-3 fatty acids (omega-3s article for cats and dogs)

Used for their anti-inflammatory properties

Methyl sulfonyl methane is a natural compound containing sulfur; it is necessary for the production of collagen, glucosamine and chondroitin.

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MSM improves the structural integrity of the connective tissue and it is a powerful anti-inflammatory that reduces pain (one of the supplements that I am taking every day from years )

Cetylated fatty acids

They help fight pain and to lubricate joints. Improve rapidly mobility

Turmeric for pain and inflammation

Antioxidants including vitamins A, C, E, selenium, CoQ10, Vitamin C is fundamental and very important from the first few months to delay hip dysplasia in dogs, it is useful for collagen production

Useful supplements for hip dysplasia in dogs


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