Managing Hip Dysplasia Naturally
Hip Dysplasia is primarily a genetically inherited disorder which is particularly common in large and giant breeds, and results in the the hips not being formed properly.
The main defects that occur are:
- a misshapen head of the femur (the 'ball' of the hip)
- a shallower than normal acetabulum (the 'cup' of the hip in which the head of the femur sits).
These abnormalities result in an unstable joint which affects movement, and typically leads to degenerative joint disease and arthritis later on in life.
Although a wobbly gait and / or radiographic signs of poorly formed hips in young dogs are suggestive of Hip Dysplasia, the condition cannot be confirmed with any degree of accuracy until after 12 months of age, when the musculoskeletal is more mature. (The hip scores of parents can give an approximate guide in some cases, as to what to expect.)
The reason for this, is that the development of the entire musculoskeletal system - including joints, muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones - can be profoundly influenced by diet, supplementation, activity, and many other factors.
It is important therefore, especially if a puppy:
- is big boned
- is a large or giant breed
- has an abnormal gait
that the diet and exercise regime support the development of the healthiest possible joints.
Although genetic inheritance plays a major role in Hip Dysplasia, and can't be changed, the degree to which it manifests can be positively influenced, as follows:
- Feed a highly nutritious, balanced and complete, natural diet, to ensure that the musculoskeletal system receives a rich supply of the nutrients necessary for optimum joint health. An effective way to do this, is to feed Vince the Vet, Veterinary Formula single protein Raw, plus Joints to begin with, followed by Vitality, Digestion and then Immunity introduced at 2 week intervals. Grizzly Salmon Oil, organic eggs and a good probiotic are then added to complete the diet, so that all the nutritional requirements of a young, rapidly growing dog are met.
- Ensure activities are healthy, to develop and maintain strong hip muscles. Too much, too little and the wrong type of exercise (excessive running on rough terrain for example) are best avoided.
- Hydrotherapy is beneficial in many cases, as long as there is correct skeletal alignment (this can be checked for by a registered and fully qualified canine massage therapist, following referral by a vet) to strengthen all hip structures and maintain flexibility.
A Vince the Vet Raw Diet is the most natural and effective way to deliver the level of nourishment required for the very best of health. Adding the supplements described to home-cooked meats is the next best option, with a high meat content, additive-free processed food being the third choice.
Joints unique, quadruple action formulation nourishes ALL joint structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, joint lubricating fluid and bone), not just cartilage, which glucosamine and / or chondrotin do. It also naturally soothes sore tissues, to prevent tightening up.
Hydrotherapy compliments Joints, as the former stimulates musculoskeletal development, while the latter provides the nutritional building blocks for the body to build the healthiest possible joints.