Hip Dysplasia in Dogs Natural Treatment vs. Surgery

Hip Dysplasia in DogsHip Dysplasia in dogs is an unfortunately common ailment of the back joints and the leading cause of arthritis in large breeds. Obesity or lack or exercise can aggravate the progression of the condition, but is not a sure cause. Hip dysplasia is actually a genetic condition, and while some smaller breeds of dogs and cats are not immune, it is more common to find German shepherd hip dysplasia over terrier hip dysplasia.

Symptoms of hip dysplasia in dogs usually include difficulty in walking, climbing stairs, whining while extending legs, or avoiding play or exercise. All of these are signs that the dog is in pain, and at this time the condition is incurable. That is not to say there is no such thing as a dog hip dysplasia treatment, but the nature of the condition means that treatments will have to continue for the rest of the dog’s life.

Conventional treatments for the disease such as golden retriever hip dysplasia are limited to painkillers or surgery. Neither of these may be the best option of your pet, considering that many current medications can cause other complications like kidney failure, and any surgery for pets come with heavy risks and puts a great deal of stress on your dog.

Recently, however, many studies have been done to suggest that dog joint supplements may be a better option for hip dysplasia in dogs. Glucosamine supplements have shown reduced pain and an increase in energy, as have Omega 3’s, dandelion and nettle, or Colostrum.

In addition to supplements, there are other habits that can help. Low stress exercise, especially swimming, can help bring down weight while easing joints; gently massaging your dog’s hip muscles; and purchasing doggie stairs for difficult climbs can all help overcome the greater pains of hip dysplasia in dogs.