Some dogs are born with hip dysplasia. The most common hip dysplasia occurs in large-breed dogs, including Great Danes, St. Bernards, Mixed breeds, Newfoundlands, Rottweilers, Retrievers, German Shepherd, Labrador Retrievers, and many others. Smaller breeds are also affected, but are less likely to show symptoms. Hip Dysplasia is a polygenic trait where more than one gene controls the Inheritance. Diet and environmental are a factor and inappropriate exercise during the period of rapid bone growth. As the stress of obesity and weight-bearing exceeds the strength limits of the supporting connective tissue and muscle, the joint becomes loose and unstable which promotes abnormal wear and tear. This causes joint inflammation and places extra pressure on the joints.
A diet with an imbalance of calcium and phosphorous is bad for bone development. Feeding a high calorie, high protein diet which produces rapid weight gain will increase the likelihood of the disease development because bones and musculature grows too rapidly and places increased stress on the hips.
Dogs should not be jumping up and down to catch a ball or frisbee and land on their back legs. Also avoid running on pavement which places additional pressure on the joint. X-rays of the hips and pelvis is the only reliable way to determine whether a dog has hip dysplasia. Good X-rays require anesthesia.
Massage And Physical therapy. Exercise that is low impact and involves muscle building and maintenance is highly recommended. Such activities include walking, jogging and especially swimming.
Nutritional Supplements (Such as glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, paranoia mussels/green-lipped mussels, Omega-3 Fatty Acids)
Dogs with hip dysplasia will live full lives when you follow your veterinarian recommendations for exercise and nutrition.
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