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Discover the best Dog Hip Care Tips

The hips are one of the major joints in a dog’ body. A large percentage of their weight rest on it with the rest muffled down to the leg joints. Due to a numerous number of reasons than you could keep track of, your dog might be at the risk of hip pain.

Most issues arise in a dog’s later years, and can really take the shine off dogs that are otherwise young at heart. Any matter, this post gives a detailed explanation of your dog’s hip and how to go about most of the troubles it might be having pertaining to that.

Some of the dog hip malfunction include;

  • Hip Dysplasia

In this condition, the hip socket has not formed properly and this results in damage and arthritis from the poor fit. It occurs during an animal's growth period. Many large breed dog owners have heard of it, breeds such as the Labrador retriever, German shepherd, and golden retriever, but other breeds can be affected too.

Hip Dysplasia can occur at any time in a dog’s life, even before a puppy’s first birthday, although it is more common in a dog’s later years.

Several factors contribute to the development of this problem. The aforementioned dog breeds are more likely to inherit hip dysplasia. Environmental factors also play a role in the development of dysplasia including diet, weight gain, and exercise.

  • Arthritis

Arthritis is a degenerative condition that may occur at any time in a dog’s life, and for a number of reasons. From joint injuries to an inherited condition, no dog is completely immune. It is more commonly seen in older pets from years of wear and tear on the joints.

This condition can affect any joint in the body such as the shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, and back...nearly 20% of dogs suffer from some type of arthritis in their lifetime.

Symptoms of Hip pain in Dogs

Most of the medical conditions have similar symptoms, and so it might be hard to tell what’s really wrong with your dog. Actually, that’s what your vet is for. However, if you’re far away from home, with your dog, and your vet isn’t available you could use these facts.

The following are the most common indications that your dog may be experiencing pain in their hips in the mode of hip dysplasia or arthritis.

  • Favoring one leg over the other by limping or staying off one foot:

When your dog frequently holds one of his legs off the ground, and he’s not trying to pee, obviously, he’s trying to communicate his pain. If you don’t see any injuries on your dog’s foot after proper observation, then it definitely has something to do with his hip joints.

  • Difficulty lying down or rising up:

If your dog has difficulties lying down or rising up, as opposed to their sprinting, you should have its hips checked out. Lying down and getting up has everything to do with their hips, so this is an easy target.

Another symptom related to this is when you observe that they stay stiff after struggling to stand up. It’s the same reaction as yours.

  •  Difficulty with common tasks:

Climbing and jumping haven’t actually been much of a challenge for dogs in a general sense. If your dog has difficulty climbing stairs that it normally sprints on, then it’s probably hip related.

  •  Joint swelling:

This is probably the most obvious symptom your dog could ever have. If you don’t notice all of the above symptoms, this shouldn’t be hard to find especially when you’re bathing your dog.

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Diagnosis

I couldn’t possibly diagnose your dog over the internet except through a video or something. Although, if your do has most of these symptoms bothering it, then it’s most probably a hip problem. However, your vet is in the best position to do a proper diagnosis and administer proper care to cure this condition.

Common Treatments for Dog Hip Care

Seeing as the information on this site helps you get familiarized with your dog’s condition, It wouldn’t hurt to point you in the direction of a cure. However, my number one advice would always be to see your vet, on the first instance you spot the symptoms explained above.

Depending on the degree of severity of your dog’s hip pain, your veterinarian may choose any of a number of approaches.

  • Exercise:

Regular, low-impact activity such as swimming or leash-walking will help reduce some of the pain in your dog’s hips. It will also lead to increased tendon and muscle strength. However, don’t be too hard on your dog, so that you won’t worsen its case.

  • Home Care:

A massage and warm compresses can greatly ease your dog’s discomfort. They should have a warm, soft, dry place to sleep. Rest has a way of helping our body heal faster. In most cases, though, these problems are stress-related, hence the importance of the exercise and rest.

This is the only kind of care under home care, which means it’s the most that is expected of you. Save the main treatment for the professionals.

  • Surgery:

In the case of a severely malformed hip joint, and if nothing else has worked, surgery may be the best or only option. It is invasive, expensive, and recovery times can be long and exhausting for dogs and owners alike. Be sure you’ve exhausted all your resources before considering this most extreme option.

  • Physical therapy:

This can really help reduce your dog’s pain and increase his mobility. From massages to hydrotherapy to the use of underwater treadmills, physical therapy can prove helpful. Before starting physical therapy be sure to talk with your veterinarian who knows your dog's limitations.

This ancient Chinese treatment that has been becoming ever more popular for humans has actually started gaining traction with dogs as well. It is recommended for pain relief in combination with additional treatment.

  • Pain medication:

Relief from pain, in the case of hip problems, is typically synonymous with inflammation relief. Give your dog pain medications, like NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), to reduce pain, but only as directed by your veterinarian.

Prevention

As much as there’s a solution to a larger percentage of the health issues your dog might have, it's always best to prevent them from happening in the first place.

Regular exercises and a quality diet can go a long way to keeping dog hip pains at arm’s length. If you suspect your dog may be susceptible to hip pains quickly contact your veterinarian to curtail the condition before it escalates.

About the Author Paul

Hey, I’m Paul and I LOVE Pet. Coming from a vet background,I have decided to start an Authority site to teach you all you need to know about pets.

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