How To Treat Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

how to treat hip dysplasia in dogs

Hip dysplasia in dogs is a common illness, especially in large breeds. However, canine hip dysplasia (CHD) can affect any breed but it is hereditary. First you should speak with your veterinarian to decide on the best course of action for your dog. There are non-surgical options that should be considered. 

 

How to treat canine hip dysplasia

Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAID) - different medications classified as NSAIDs can be given to reduce inflammation and pain. 

Food - Feeding your dog quality food will help give them the vitamins and minerals to keep their joints healthy. Foods that have eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3 fatty acid are good because they help to reduce inflammation. 

Acupuncture - Alternative veterinary practitioners can administer acupuncture to your dog which may help to alleviate pain and increase mobility. Gold bead implantation is a type of acupuncture where a gold bead is implanted permanently at the pressure point. However, there is controversy as to its effectiveness and safety. Speak with your vet and also do your own due diligence to decide for yourself if you believe this is right for your dog. 

Physical therapy - Your dog can have physical rehabilitation from a center specifically for animals, however large physical rehabilitation centers for humans often work on animals. Types of therapy include underwater treadmills, ultrasound therapy and electrical stimulation. The same techniques used on humans are used on canines which include cold and heat, massage, stretching and range of motion exercises. Canine physical therapy can relieve pain and promote cartilage, tendon and ligament health. 

how to treat hip dysplasia in dogs

Exercise - Besides physical therapy, exercise in general is good for your dog and helps to keep their weight down. Two to three short walks per day is enough. If your dog likes to swim this is the least impact on the joints.  

Joint supplements - Dog Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSN and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) an omega-3 fatty acid are great supplements to reduce inflammation. Chinese herbs may be recommended from alternative veterinary practitioners if your dog is having acupuncture. They can work together to alleviate pain and inflammation. 

Joint fluid modifiers - Hyaluronic Acid and Adequan are injections that help joints and are great for hip dysplasia in dogs. Hyaluronic acid helps stimulate production of joint fluid, decrease cartilage damage and decrease inflammation. Adequan helps to inhibit cartilage loss in a dog's joints. 

Laser therapy - Also called Cold Laser, Low-Level Laser or Class 4 Laser Therapy. Laser therapy for dogs stimulates cell regeneration and increases blood circulation. It increases ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which helps to reduce inflammation and decrease pain. 

Stem cell therapy - Also known as regenerative medicine promotes the repair response of diseased, dysfunctional or injured tissue using stem cells or their derivatives. There is a lot of debate as to the effectiveness in treating various conditions. 

 

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