Sunday, April 7, 2013

Hip Dysplasia Problems and How To Deal

Recently a client of mine informed me that their GSD, Mandy, was diagnosed with Hip Dysplasia. What makes this case particularly difficult is that Mandy is ONLY 6 months old. On our last training session which was the review for her test coming this week, I got to see first hand how she was limping and her hip out of joint. I did some research for the best home remedies and found great medications, food and treats along with how to exercise a dog that suffers from Hip Dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors. 

Please watch Dr. Q quickly explain how to exercise a dog with Hip Dysplasia

1800 Pet Meds- Make sure that if your Vet suggest a certain amount of Glucosamine, match that with the vitamins you can provide. My childhood dog, Pooh Bear, thrived on Synovi G3. They smell horrible but apparently are very tasty. Pooh Bear started taking them at age 5 to keep her joints lubricated. She never suffered from Hip Dysplasia and she moved around just fine for 15 years.

All Natural Foods automatically include Glucosamine along with other ingredients to help keep the joints lubricated, in their Senior foods. Most Senior foods start at age 7 and up.

All Natural treats that include Glucosamine are below
  • Blue Buffalo - Jolly Joints
  • Zuke's Hip Action 
  • Dogswell Happy Hips
  • Loving Pets Gourmet Carrot & Chicken Dog Treat Wrap

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