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Do you have concerns about your pet baby getting hip problems? Hip problems affect dogs of all sizes. Read on to learn more about how to help your fur baby, including steps you can follow to potentially prevent hip problems in dogs.
Dogs with hip and joint problems often experience a rapid deterioration in quality of life. Sadly, once serious joint problems begin, they may cause decreased activity and further decline.
So here are some signs to look for, to determine if your pet has started to experience hip or joint problems:
If you suspect that your dog has hip or joint problems, it’s good to see your veterinarian and get a diagnosis.
While your vet will make the determination and diagnosis, the most common hip problem for dogs is canine hip dysplasia (CHD). CHD develops young and often results in a “loose fit” of the ball and socket joint of one or both rear hips in dogs.
Often, the bones will rub together. In other cases, the ligaments around the joint will be too lax. Either way, these problems result in deterioration as your dog ages (meaning the problem can get worse over time).
CHD is more common in certain breeds, and slightly more common in females than males. Other hip problem causes may include a hip injury (such as a hip dislocation), or osteoarthritis.
A dog’s overall health also has a major impact on joint health. Obesity, for example, can cause or exacerbate (make worse) joint problems.
In general, larger breeds are more prone to joint problems, like Great Danes, Newfoundlands and Rottweilers. However, even miniature dachshunds may get joint problems (most likely in their spines or hips as a result of stress on their longer torsos).
So what are some steps you can take to prevent hip or other joint problems in your dog?
Fortunately, several things can make a big difference:
That’s it! Just those four simple things may help prevent your fur baby from developing hip or joint problems. Fortunately, even if such problems have begun, you may be able to help slow or reverse hip pain by following the same advice.
So what are the best hip and joint supplements for dogs?
Many good things for dogs are found in quality food, like enough calcium and good fats. However, they may need joint-specific formulas plus supplements, such as:
As mentioned above, research into veterinary use of supplements is ongoing. But so far, the results are promising. Many pet owners report greater quality of life for their pets by following the guidelines above.
Your vet can help you determine if surgery or other more invasive measurements are necessary for your dog.
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