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Hip Dysplasia is known to reduce a dog’s quality of life through pain within the joints of their hips. While hip dysplasia is associated with larger dog breeds, it can also impact small dogs as well. For dogs who have this condition, the ball and socket of their hip begin to rub and grind against one another instead of sliding smoothly. This causes the deterioration and eventual loss of function of the joint.
 

Causes

Genetics. This condition is hereditary and is common in large dogs breeds such as Great Dane, Labrador Retriever, and German Shepherds. 

Nutrition. Large dog breeds require specific nutrition that help prevent skeletal disorders as well as various dysplasia disorders (i.e. hip and elbow). Proper food and nourishment when large dog breeds are puppies allows their joints to develop properly overtime without strain.

Remember, even if you do not have a large dog breed, it is still important to give your small breed the proper nutrition in order for your dog to develop properly as well.

 
Symptoms
If you witness your dog with any of these symptoms, it is important for you to get them to a veterinarian to be seen.
 
  • Decreased activity
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Loss of thigh muscle mass
  • Swaying gait
  • Looseness in the joint
  • Narrow stance
  • Difficulty rising, jumping, running, or climbing stairs
Treatment
After you have taken your pet to the veterinarian, they will offer the best treatment specific to your dog. The most common are:
 
  • Weight reduction 
  • Exercise restriction
  • Physical Therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory medicines
  • Joint fluid modifiers
  • Surgery
In order to help your dog live a long and healthy life, make sure they are receiving the nutrients they need beginning early in life. Along with nutrients, help them maintain an active lifestyle. Dog Tired can help with keeping your dog happy and active through our doggy daycare service. We love having the dogs play and enjoy themselves in our designated play areas. Bring your pet in today and let our knowledgable team members keep them active!

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