Hip Dysplasia in Labs: Symptoms, Natural Treatment and Home Remedies

September 30, 2010 | Labrador | Leave a Comment |

Hip Dysplasia Causes in Labrador Retrievers

  • It is very common to find hip dysplasia in Labrador Retrievers. Large breeds have these types of problems.
  • It is caused by the hip bone not growing properly. The hip wiggles and wobbles around causing excessive movements. This can lead to bone spurs and arthritic conditions.
  • Two common causes of hip dysplasia are malnutrition as a young pup, and excessive exercise.
  • Puppies should play on dirt or grass surfaces when young. Avoid hard foundations and do not over do it. Rough play should be avoided at all times.
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Symptoms of Hyperplasia in Labs

  • Some dogs may not show any signs until late in life. Be observant of any unusual sensitivity to picking him up or just touching him.
  • The dog may show some difficulty in climbing stairs, or show trouble getting up after resting.
  • Any lameness of an extremity should be investigated thoroughly.
  • You may notice that your dog hides a lot or seems to seclude himself.
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Natural Treatment and Home Remedies for Hip Dysplasia in Labradors

  • The dog’s diet is extremely important during the growing periods of youth. Give lean meats and plenty of vegetables.
  • Avoid letting the dog get overweight. This causes too much pressure on the joints.
  • Good exercise is important. Choose activities that provide good muscle tone but don’t cause pain to the joints. Swimming is a perfect sport for dogs with this hip problem.
  • If your dog lives outside, bring him in where it is always warm and dry. Cold aggravates this potentially debilitating condition.
  • Make bedding very soft and cushion like for comfort.
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  • Surgery can be attempted to treat this hip dysphasia when pain becomes intolerable. This depends on the dog’s age and health in general.

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