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.
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.