Caring For a Dog With Hip Dysplasia

As you may know, hip dysplasia is one of the most common medical issues our canine companions face. Although it is more common in large dogs and specific breeds, such as Bulldogs and pugs, any pooch can be afflicted. A Tipp City, OH vet discusses caring for dogs with hip dysplasia below.

Veterinary Care

If you suspect that Fido has hip dysplasia, the first thing you’ll want to do is contact your vet and have him examined. Our Dr. Lonnie Davis has a particular interest in this painful condition and the importance of properly evaluating it. Read about his Precise Positioning Technigue™ here.

Proper Diet

Make sure Fido is eating a good, nutritious diet. Your pup will need lots of protein, as well as vitamins C and E, antioxidants, and fatty acids. Of course, we all know that Man’s Best Friend really, really, really loves food. Don’t let your pet’s theatrics convince you to overfeed him! If your four-legged pal becomes obese, his bones and joints will be under additional strain.

Suitable Exercise

Fido won’t be as active as he once was, but he’ll still need at least a daily walk. Swimming is a good option for some dogs. Just avoid overexerting your furry buddy. Also, don’t encourage him to jump or stand on his back legs.

Pet Ramps

Hip dysplasia can make it very difficult for dogs to climb stairs and get in and out of cars. Pet ramps will help Fido get around more easily.

Supplements/Medications

Certain supplements, such as glucosamine, may be beneficial to your canine companion. Your vet may also recommend anti-inflammatories and/or other medications.

Keep Fido Warm

Dogs with hip dysplasia often get very stiff and sore in cold weather. Limit Fido’s outdoor time on frigid days, and make sure he has a warm, comfy bed. We recommend orthopedic beds.

Physical Therapy

Certain therapies, such as massage, can help reduce Fido’s pain and increase his quality of life. Ask your vet for recommendations.

Pawdicures

Overgrown nails may not sound like a big problem, but they can make it hard for dogs to get traction. This will increase the chances of Fido slipping and falling. They’re also uncomfortable, so your pooch may adjust his gait, which can further aggravate his condition.

Do you think your pet may have hip dysplasia? Contact us, your Tipp City, OH vet clinic, today!

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