How To Prevent Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

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How to prevent canine hip dysplasia you will need to ensure the skeletal system grows properly. In order to do this you need to choose a breeder that ensures good hip health of their dogs, proper nutrition including supplements, avoiding rigorous exercise for puppies, avoiding neutering at-risk puppies until they are older and testing early for hip dysplasia in your dog. Unfortunately, there are some types of hip dysplasia that cannot be prevented.  

How can you prevent hip dysplasia in dogs? 

Choose a breeder that ensures good hip health of their dogs

A good breeder will have tests done at least 3 generations back to help mitigate the chances of issues such as hip dysplasia in their dogs. A breeder should be able to provide you both a Pennsylvania Hip Improvement certification (PennHip) and an Orthopedic Foundation For Animals certification (OFA). These are tests that are done on the dogs within the lineage indicating good hip health. 

Proper nutrition including supplements

Proper nutrition will help your dog's skeletal system to develop properly. Good nutrition with portion control will help your dog maintain a healthy weight. Being overweight can cause many health problems, besides putting undue stress on joints. Puppies who are overweight can have issues with improper growth in their hip joints. 

Vitamin C and E are good for the joints and can be supplemented. However, many plant based foods especially already have lots of vitamins. Also, Perna and Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM are good supplements for maintaining healthy joints. 

Avoid rigorous exercise for puppies 

Puppies can run around and play but not for long periods of time. Although it may be fun to play outside all day, it can only cause issues in the long run for your furry friend. Also, avoid them jumping around or off furniture. All of these things put undue stress on the hip joints. 

Avoid neutering and spaying at-risk puppies until they are older 

Certain breeds of dogs, especially large breeds, should not be neutered or spayed until they are older than one. Growth spurts tend to happen which can be an issue if this is done too early. CHD is twice as likely to occur if your dog is spayed or neutered under the age of one. 

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Test early for hip dysplasia 

No matter if your dog is at risk of developing hip dysplasia, you should take them for an annual visit to the veterinarian. Puppies should be examined and have a radiography test, especially if they are a breed prone to hip dysplasia. Your vet will be able to guide you on any necessary treatment or dietary advice. 


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