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How To Treat Hip Dysplasia In Dogs

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It is a mutagenic and hereditary disease, so different factors can determine whether the disease develops or not. It does not always develop even though it is a hereditary disease, the animal may only transmit it to its descendants.

But in which breeds is it more common? Can it be cured? Is it advisable to apply a treatment? In this article, we will solve all your doubts! 

Certain breeds are more likely to suffer from dysplasia, such as the German shepherd, the golden retriever, or the bulldog. It is a typical disease of large and medium-breed dogs, being less common in small dogs.

Depending on the development of the disease, four different degrees of dysplasia can be differentiated:

Grade I: the alteration and degenerative changes are minimal.

Grade II: highlights a marked lateral subluxation of the femoral head.

Grade III: Most of the femoral head is outside the acetabulum, and there are significant degenerative changes.

Grade IV: there is a dislocation of the femoral head with flattening of the acetabular edge, and there are quite significant degenerative changes.

Advantages and disadvantages of treatments for hip dysplasia in dogs. It is very important to try to hip dysplasia in dogs for detect this disease as early as possible. The less advanced the process, the more guarantees of success there will be in the treatment. There are several treatments for hip dysplasia in dogs that seek to avoid surgery. Each one has different characteristics, depending on the degree of disease and how it develops in each dog. 

Weight Loss treatment 

This treatment focuses on reducing the weight that acts on the hip that is, making the dog lose weight. It seeks to achieve the optimal weight to minimize the effort that the hip will have to do. The goal of this treatment is to eliminate pain and reduce or stop the progression of the disease. 

Use of anti-inflammatory

There are two types of drugs commonly used to combat dysplasia: corticosteroids (a variety of hormones from the steroid group) and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs). The first type can help reduce pain, but it is often recommended to stop or combine their use because of their long-term side effects. On the other hand, the NSAIDs tend to also be used carefully and in combination with other drugs that protect against side effects such as damage to the stomach or kidney level. 

Cartilage nutritional therapy

This treatment focuses on finding retarders or inhibitors of cartilage breakdown. Antioxidant vitamins (vitamins E and C) help preserve the structure of the cartilage matrix and stabilize cell membranes. Substances such as methionine, proline, glutamine, or lysine may contribute to the regeneration of cartilage.

If you give your dog these food supplements daily, inflammation can be reduced without the risk of side effects (unlike anti-inflammatory). Suppose you want to know which substance it is advisable to give your dog, consult your veterinarian. In that case, he will inform you which one he needs depending on the degree of dysplasia he has or the probability he has of developing it. 

Chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine

They are used to prevent wear and tear and breakdown of cartilage structures and are cartilage regenerators. They inhibit the activity of released metalloproteinase and stimulate chondrocytes for the synthesis of the most intimate cartilage structures. These substances have managed to restore many of the treated animals to normal life. 

Physical therapy and exercise

Controlled exercise will be very beneficial for your dog. As you see that the clinical symptoms decrease, your dog should perform moderate exercise and gradually increase it to strengthen muscle mass, always under your veterinarian's supervision.

Thanks to these treatments, many dogs with hip dysplasia can lead normal lives. However, each dog is unique, and his body can react better or worse with different treatments. But as we always advise you, it is best to consult your veterinarian and faithfully follow his advice since the only and best solution is surgery in many cases. Does your dog have dysplasia? What treatments have you followed? At Tíanimal, we want to know your experience.

 


 

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Start Date: 2021-03-04 01:00:00
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