Treatment For Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

Treatment For Hip Dysplasia in Dogs


Taking a dog into your home to be a member of your family carries responsibility. You are entrusted with this dog, and you have an obligation to feed, groom, train, and see to it that they receive important vaccinations and essential veterinary health care.

Whether you take home a puppyOpens in a new tab. or a shelter dog, there is no guarantee of suburb lifelong health.

Just as with us humans, no one can see into the future as to how good or bad their overall health will be.

Sure, we may know of certain conditions or diseases that our relatives have suffered from and we probably know if these issues are hereditary.

What we don’t know is if we will acquire one, any, or none of these conditions, and the same is true for dogs.


Hip dysplasia usually gives pet owners a chill because this can affect dogs and can be mild or it can be very severe and crippling.

In the following read, information about what hip dysplasia is and how to treat hip dysplasia in dogs at home will be found. Also included will be information about physio exercises for dogs with hip dysplasia.Opens in a new tab.

To check your Dogs’ health status or their DNA checks, please visit the Embark vetOpens in a new tab. website for all the help you may need.

Treatment For Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
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What is Hip Dysplasia?

Hip dysplasia is a malformation that can be found in a dog’s hip joint and occurs while a dog is growing. The ball at the top of the thighbone (femur) should fit perfectly into the socket of the hip joint for smooth and easy movement.

If during growthOpens in a new tab., either the ball or hip joint do not grow at the same rate, it causes a deformity. The result is a loose-fitting joint that can progress into degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis.

Hip dysplasia is genetically caused but environmental factors can have an effect on this condition and its progression.

Too much strenuous exercise while bones and joints are still forming, overfeeding leading to obesity, too rapid rate of growthOpens in a new tab., and hormones can all play a part in the worsening of hip dysplasia.

Large breed dogs are more predisposed to hip dysplasia, but any dog can develop it. Breeds more prevalent are: bulldogs, Golden and Labrador retrievers, Opens in a new tab.German shepherds, Saint Bernard’s, Rottweilers, the Newfoundland, and the bloodhound.

Even some dogs that are smaller in stature can be prone to hip dysplasia like the Corgi.

There is no rhyme or reason as to how severe the results of hip dysplasia can be. X-rays may show serious hip dysplasia, but your dog may not show many or any symptoms until they are a senior and vice versa.

Prevention can only be done by successfully choosing a reputable breeder who does not breed dogs carrying the genes for hip dysplasia and can prove it with records.

Not overfeeding or over-exercising puppies, especially large breed dogs can also help to avoid hip dysplasia.

Symptoms of Hip Dysplasia

Symptoms of hip dysplasia can begin in young dogs at around four months. Other dogs may gradually develop it as they age with osteoarthritis.

Symptoms can depend on the degree of severity and how inflamed joints become. Symptoms are:

  • Limping
  • Lameness
  • Hopping
  • Stiffness
  • Decrease inactivity
  • Reluctance to play or walk
  • Difficulty standing, sitting, rising, doing stairs, getting on or off of furniture, getting into a car
  • Pain

Treating Hip Dysplasia in Dogs at Home

If your dog is showing signs of hip dysplasia or has been diagnosed with this condition, the earlier treatment begins, the better the outcome may be.

Your pup may not have severe symptoms and you may want to take a more natural approach to treatment along with treating them at home.

You also want to ensure that your dog is comfortable. Below are some ways to treat hip dysplasia at home.

  • Diet


No matter what age your dogs are, their diet will affect their overall health. With a disease such as hip dysplasia, you’ll want to provide your canine with a nutritious wholesome food that includes vitamins, minerals, and supplements for their entire body and especially bones and joints.

Their food should have adequate amounts of Vitamin D and calcium, necessary for healthy bones.

Many healthy fruits and vegetables can be added to your dog’s food for an extra punch of nutrition, just make sure they are acceptable for canines.

Many are fine, but some can actually be poisonous like onions and garlic. Bone broth another good addition is not only tasty but nourishing and healing as well.

If your pup is overweight, there are foods available specifically for weight management. Excess weight is not good for any dog’s health and puts added strain on bones and joints.

  • Supplements


Supplements can help with many symptoms of hip dysplasia. Speak with your veterinarian before trying anything new and get their opinion.

Glucosamine and chondroitin supplements are good for both pain and inflammation. Some dog foods already contain these supplements in their ingredient list.

A few herbs that can help with symptoms are rosemary, ginger, alfalfa, and licorice. Again, consult your veterinarian and don’t try everything new at the same time.

If any disagree with your pup, you won’t know which one is the culprit, and in combination may pose a problem being “too much of a good thing.”

  • CBD oil

CBD oil has been proven in both humans and dogs, to alleviate pain. CBD oil is generally safe and has no harmful effects. It comes in oral or topical form.

As well as relieving pain, CBD may also help with diminishing anxiety, reducing inflammation, and is also a mood booster.

  • Heat

Heat has a soothing effect and can help relieve pain, especially triggered by frigid rainy or snowy weather. A warm bath for your pup can help calm them and their achy joints.

If bathing is not relaxing for your dog or you, opt for the same heat packs that we use.

Pop one in the microwave and let your pup curl up with one. Just be sure to check the temperature before using, as some can get quite hot.

  • Orthopedic Mattress

Sure, everyone loves a nice soft, cushy mattress, but this type of mattress feels good until we get up in the morning with many “ouchs’ and a few kinks.

Our bodies and our dogs need support and especially if they suffer from osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia. That’s when a nice doggie orthopedic mattress is the best choice.

This surrounds your dog in comfort while giving support in all the right places. Some are even warming mattresses.

  • Exercise

Exercise is still necessary even though your pup may suffer from hip dysplasia. It just needs to be appropriate.

You can’t let your dog become too sedentary or that will result in weight gain and joints that become even more stiff and painful from inactivity.

Walks are still great but go at your pup’s pace, don’t push, and stay on softer surfaces. Concrete and blacktop are too jarring for bones and joints.

If your dog is a great water dog breed and loves to swim, swimming is a fabulous exercise that does not stress joints.

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Physio Exercises For Dogs With Hip Dysplasia

There are many options for physiotherapy in the dog world. Physiotherapy includes different types of physical therapy to restore function and movement to bones, joints, and muscles. This can help with many conditions such as hip dysplasia, or if your dog is injured.

In severe cases of hip dysplasia, surgery is often recommended if your dog is a good candidate. Physiotherapy will be needed during recovery to get your pup up and moving comfortably.

In hip dysplasia, physiotherapy can help:

  • Strengthen muscles and joints
  • Improve flexibility and gait
  • Reduce chronic pain

For your dog to reap the benefits of physiotherapy, it would need to see a veterinary physiotherapist.

The veterinary physiotherapist would evaluate your dog, look at x-rays and work up a plan based on their specific needs. Some types of this therapy are listed below.

  • Massage
  • Heat
  • Range of motion and/or movement exercises
  • Core exercises
  • Stretches
  • Work on flexibility and balance
  • At home exercises, shown to the pet owner
  • May include electrotherapies and hydrotherapy (reduces pain and swelling using underwater treadmills)

Hopefully, your dog will not develop hip dysplasia, but keep in mind that there are many treatments available today, whether at home, medications prescribed by your veterinarian, surgery, or therapy with a professional.

Working together with your veterinarian is the best way to jump the hurdles in different phases of hip dysplasia to keep your pup as comfortable as possible with good quality of life and long life as well.

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