Hip Dislocation in Dogs
This problem is said to be frequent in larger dogs like Rottweilers, Alaskan Malamute, Dalmatian, Collie, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds, although there may be instances where smaller dogs can also experience hip dysplasia. At any rate, dogs who suffer from this problem should be taken to the vet when possible.
Hip dislocation in dogs: Symptoms
Since dogs cannot tell their owners exactly what they are feeling, sometimes it is up to the owners to spot symptoms indicating hip dysplasia. Some of the common symptoms include the following:
- Staggering or swaying
- Having problems or difficulty in standing up
- Decrease of physical activity or exercise
- Lameness of the dog’s legs
- Dog shows signs of discomfort whenever attempting to stand up or lie down
- The dog has an abnormal looking gait
- The dog is reluctant to jump or run
- There may be instances where a clicking sound is heard as the dog walks or stands up
Hip dislocation in dogs: Treatment
If the dog shows the slightest difficulty in rising or moving, it is always best to take him or her to the vet so that a full scan or check up can be done. However, there are some ways to help the dog deal with the pain that can be done at home:
- Control the weight of the dog
- Perform light exercises that helps stimulate the growth of cartilages
- Giving chondroitin and glucosamine to the dog will help the arthritis and prevent joint deterioration.
- Fatty acids will also help dogs with hip displacement as these reduce inflammation that is connected with the problem.
- Adequate doses of Vitamin E and C is suggested in order to reduce the inflammation surrounding the hip joint.
- Herbs such as dandelion, alfalfa, nettle, yucca, licorice, rosemary, cayenne, ginkgo, ginger, and hawthorn are also said to possess pain relieving properties as well as provide overall improved blood circulation and physical enhancement.
Hip Problems in Dogs
Old age, accidents are some of the key factors in causing hip problems in dogs. As the dog grows older, some portions of his body will, little by little, lose their ability to function normally. That’s the reason why many old dogs limp as they walk.
- Dog breed is also another factor. Some breeds are more susceptible than others to develop hip problems.
- Closely related to dog breed is the genetic information from its parents. Those dogs whose parents are limp or grow limp in old age are most likely to experience the problem, too.
Signs of Hip Problems in Dogs
- The most common symptom is lameness as the dog loses control of his legs. Gait will often be abnormal and the dog would walk with a swaying gait or limp.
- When the dog begins to shun activities that would require him to jump, move, or run, there is a possibility that he already feels pain in moving those affected hips.
- Creaking sounds may occur as the dog rises or walks. This is a serious problem because it signals a worse, more advanced condition.
- Often, the dog will experience pain while walking or moving. This is manifested by whining or whimpering but could also make the dog more aggressive.
How to Treat Hip Problems in Dogs
- Proper diet is seen as one of the most important things to prevent hip problems. Moderate exercise may also be done. Still, there are many instances when the disease continues to progress.
- The dog may be given anti-inflammatory medications.
Surgery to correct the problematic part could also be possible.