How to Treat Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

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Hip dysplasia in dogs is a malformation of the hip socket, which becomes more painful in time. Learn how to treat your dog's hip dysplasia with tips from a practicing veterinarian in this free video on dog health care.

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Hey, I'm Dr. Bob Pane, a veterinarian at Let's talk about hip dysplasia and how to treat it in dogs. Hip dysplasia is a malformation of the hip socket. This is the socket as well as the hip head, and with time it becomes more and more painful. So, obviously we could use anti-inflammatories, like NSAIDS, which are like Rubido and Zubrin and Metacam, things like that that your veterinarian gives. You do not give aspirin unless your veterinarian okays it, and it is usually a one time deal. Because aspirin can cause ulceration of the GI tract and make your dog cough up blood, or bleed out from a GI tract problem. So, do not use home remedies on that. We use Glucosamines, Aminoglycans, Chondroitins, all these things we use in conjunction with NSAIDS or non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, and they really help reduce the pain. You can massage the legs. You can use acupuncture. Physical therapy is good. Exercise is good to a point where you don't want to over-tax those joints. German Shepherds are obviously the ones you see a lot of generic hip problems with, but you also see it now in Labradors, in Bulldogs, and if you start seeing any signs of inability to walk or inability to stand up quickly or dragging a leg, you need to go to your veterinarian, have X-rays and make sure that is what it is because sometimes things mimic it and are not really hip dysplasia, but they are something like, unfortunately, cancer or a ligament in the knee that could be ruptured that mimics what looks like hip dysplasia. So, you should try again, define it with your veterinarian and find out if it's truly hip dysplasia.


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