Dogs with fears: what to do and what not to do…

Is it all fear?

First we have to recognize that our dog is afraid and this is not as easy as we imagine. Whenever we think of fear we imagine a dog with almost defenselessness  learned, that does not move, that looks at us with panic and that flees. Well, indeed an animal that behaves like that, is afraid. But no less than one who comes to us barking, another who bites, who does nsubmissive-dogot stop for a moment, who is not separated from us … and is that all these behaviors are also associated with fear. I was very surprised a way that dogs have to manage fear and it is egocentric, I never thought that an excessively sociable dog could hide a fear inside. And so, a dog that needs to greet everyone, is afraid of people and has to have it all controlled and happy, or at least that’s what he must think.

The most difficult thing to treat a dog with fear is to know what he fears, because the fears are generalized and it is very difficult to know what the origin of everything. In fact, a single exposure to fear being one hundred percent calm could solve the problem. The tricky thing is to get a fearful dog that tranquility.

What Not to do with frightened dogs

  1. Correct or punish: A dog and afraid, you need confidence. If we undermine our relationship with him on the basis of punishments or threats, we will NEVER have a sufficient link with him to be his referent.
  2. To Encourage: Hyperactivity involves stress and a stressed dog is more sensitive to everything around him. If our dog is afraid and does not have a good bond with us, taking him out for a long time will make things worse.
  3. Leave him alone: Separation anxiety is nothing but panic of being alone. If we have not taught him, our dog is going to have a bad time. We must leave the dog with us until we gradually become accustomed to being alone.
  4. Close escape routes: Here I include leave the dog tied up , get in the door in closed sites, catch him or catch him. If we preclude the escape of the animal, the only thing that will remain is the attack. There are many aggression that occur because we leave the dog no other way than attack. We have to be aware that a frightened dog considers everything a threat, even its own owner, so we NEVER have to close an escape route.
  5. Swamping: If your dog is afraid something, you do not ever put him squarely in the situation that frightens him. It would not be the first time I hear one of my clients say that as the dog was afraid of people, he took him to the Gran Via to get used to it. You should NEVER expose the animal to a situation it can not handle, because it is likely to come out even worse than it did.

Proposals to improve a dog with fear

  1. ROUTINE: The best thing you can have a frightened dog is predictability, which will know when to eat, when going out into the street, when you’ll get there and what are going to do. Routine is fundamental in a treatment.
  2. Walking adjusted to demand: As discussed above, the ideal is that the rides are short, 20 to 30 minutes three times a day, at times when we do not expose him to many stimuli and areas where we anticipate difficult situations. If our dog can not stand more than 5 minutes in the street, do not force. There will be time to increase it.
  3. Give them security: If our dog takes us as a reference, we can show that things are not scary, either getting closer to them, interacting with them… always leaving him make decisions whether or not to approach. NEVER force you to anything.
  4. Progressive mental stimulation: Wow, this sounds so rare is the most important. Everyone knows that your dog needs exercise to be happy and to be calm, what seems to be starting to quit is that alone with that is not enough. Dogs need to think, make decisions and stimulate themselves mentally. This is achieved using search games, home slaloms , problem solving and vertical sniff (search using a wall, trees or banks during the ride). And progressive because we will start making it very easy and then we will always complicate it as the dog learns in order to solution the kind of problems that we put.
  5. Calm Down: All that we can bring you peace of mind will we always returned tenfold. Without realizing it ourselves we overestimated the dog with behaviors like “Let’s go to the street !!!” or “Who’s coming?”. All these acts should be suppressed when we encounter an insecure dog. Nor should we comfort the dog that is afraid, because we will be confirming that something happens. The best thing is to give it the slightest importance, because if for us nothing has happened, surely for him either. To put a clear example is how when a child falls on the street, turns, looks at the mother and if she worries and runs to the child, he begins to cry thinking … Oh my God I almost killed !. Do you know what happens if the mother says quietly that nothing has happened and that she is getting up? … Well, that is what we want our dog to think.

And as always, remember that empathy with our dog is very important. That as bad as we are happening, he is going to be much worse and our screams and demands only make everything worse.

We do not intend with this post to solve behavior problems, just try to improve the coexistence with fearful dogs. If you think your dog has a problem that you can not solve, get in touch with a good therapist.

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Arthritis in Dogs: How to Help Soothe Your Dog’s Pain

Arthritis in Dogs: How to Help Soothe Your Dog’s Pain

Arthritis in dogs is, unfortunately, a common condition, just as it is with humans. Although our four-legged friends can’t tell us that they’re suffering, it is usually easy to spot a dog experiencing the pain and stiffness that typically signal arthritis. But what actually is arthritis, what causes it, and how can we treat it?

Read on to find out all about this painful condition and how it affects our canine companions.

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A Dog in Pain: What is Arthritis in Dogs?

 

Arthritis simply means “inflammation of the joints”. There are a number of different kinds of arthritis, which have different causes.

In healthy joints, the area where the bones meet is covered in a thin layer of smooth cartilage that is lubricated by joint fluid, known as synovial fluid. This combination allows the bones to glide together smoothly and without friction. Think of it like a well-oiled piece of machinery.

However, in joints affected by arthritis, the cartilage breaks down, becoming thin or damaged. As a result, the bones begin to rub together, both causing discomfort and exacerbating the break-down of the cartilage. This is like a piece of machinery that is rusty and needs oiling, so the different parts rub together with a screech.

Dog Hip Pain and General Dog Joint Pain

Arthritis is a very painful condition, and can significantly reduce your dog’s quality of life, especially if it is left unmanaged. It causes mild to severe joint pain, as well as inflammation and reduced movement.

dog lateral view with red highlight in hip and knee joint pain areas

What does Severe Arthritis look like?

In more severe cases of arthritis, new bone can begin to form around the joint, inhibiting movement and adding further pain. In some very severe cases, dogs can even lose the ability to walk. Severe arthritis in dogs is usually treated with joint surgery, when possible.

The Main Areas Where Dogs Get Arthritis

The most common areas for dogs to get arthritis are the hips and elbows. Some dogs will also get it in their ankle joints.

The Importance of Joint Health for Dogs

Although older dogs are more likely to suffer from arthritis, and some breeds are more prone to it than others, it’s never too early to start promoting good joint health for your dog.

A healthy and balanced diet, maintaining an ideal weight, and frequent, breed-appropriate exercise all help to keep your dog’s joints healthy. Some owners also opt to feed their dogs joint-health supplements—more on them below.

 

Joint Health for dogs with Arthritis

The Process of Aging: Causes of Dog Arthritis

As in humans, arthritis is most common in older dogs, and is just a result of growing older. However, it can also be seen in younger dogs, usually in connection with another condition or an injury. Ligament damage, for example, can alter the way a dog moves that joint, resulting in abnormal joint movement and eventually arthritis.

For this reason, it is important to consult your veterinarian if you think your pet has been injured, or if you notice it walking, running, or standing differently from normal.

Osteoarthritis in Dogs

The most well-known type of arthritis in dogs is osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease (DJD). “Osteo” means related to bones, and osteoarthritis is a progressive, long-term deterioration of the bone cartilage, resulting in pain and inflammation.

In many cases, the causes of osteoarthritis are unknown; this is called primary degenerative joint disease. In some cases, there can be known contributing factors, in which case it is known as secondary degenerative joint disease.

These factors can include trauma, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, abnormal development of the joints, genetic conditions, obesity, prolonged steroid use, and diabetes. 

Septic Arthritis in Dogs

Septic arthritis in dogs is caused by a bacterial or fungal infection of the joint fluid. In most cases, septic arthritis will only affect one of the dog’s joints, though the infection can spread to other joints. This type of arthritis is most common in middle-aged dogs of 4 to 7 years and is especially seen in Labradors, Dobermans, and German Shepherds.

Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis in Dogs

Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis (IMPA) occurs when the body’s own immune system begins to attack the body, and specifically the joints. There are two kinds of immune-mediated polyarthritis: erosive and non-erosive.

Erosive Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis in Dogs

Erosive immune-mediated polyarthritis means there is a break-down of the joint’s bone and cartilage. This kind of polyarthritis is relatively rare, though it is more commonly seen in young Greyhounds.

Non-Erosive Immune-Mediated Polyarthritis in Dogs

With non-erosive immune-mediated polyarthritis, there is no break-down of bone and cartilage. This is the less serious type, and luckily the more common of the two.

Rheumatoid arthritis in dogs

Rheumatoid arthritis is another name for erosive immune-mediated arthritis.

The Old Dog Arthritis

As dogs get older, they are more likely to develop arthritis, due to wear and tear on the body and the body’s diminishing ability to repair itself. Studies have shown that some 90% of older dogs (over eight years) will develop osteoarthritis in at least one joint.

Old dog Golden Retriever with Arthritis

BE AWARE OF THE SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of arthritis in dogs will differ slightly depending on what sort of arthritis they have, though there are certain common symptoms. Look out for stiffness, especially after exercise or during cold weather. Joints might be swollen, or noticeably deformed. Your pet might be walking differently, or be limping.

In cases of septic arthritis or immune-mediated polyarthritis, you may also notice secondary symptoms of illness, including lethargy, fever, loss of appetite, and weight loss.

How to Treat Arthritis in Dogs

The treatment of arthritis depends on which sort of arthritis your pet has. For this reason, a definitive diagnosis is first critical to beginning the right course of treatment. With septic arthritis, it is a case of treating the underlying infection, typically with a course of antibiotics. Sometimes surgery is required to clean and flush the joint.

With osteoarthritis and immune-mediated polyarthritis, however, it is more a case of prevention, managing the symptoms, and reducing the progress, rather than treating the condition. There are a number of diet and lifestyle changes that can help with all of these things, in addition to medications and pain relief.

In cases of severe arthritis in dogs, sometimes veterinarians will recommend surgery to remove build-ups of bone growth, or even replace the joint.

Over the counter anti-inflammatory for dogs

The most common types of anti-inflammatory medications that vets recommend for canine arthritis are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), as steroids can exacerbate the condition. However, the majority of these are only available with a prescription.

The exception is aspirin, which some vets will recommend for short-term use. You should only give your dog aspirin if told to do so by your vet, however.

Dog Joint Supplements

In addition to prescription medication, many owners of arthritic dogs swear by lifestyle and diet changes, as well as holistic medicine and supplements. These can also be combined with NSAIDs to treat the various symptoms of arthritis. Read on to learn all about the various kinds of supplements that could help manage arthritis in dogs.

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Arthritis in Senior Dogs — Signs and Treatment

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Signs and Treatment

You might have noticed your older dog slowing down in recent years. Maybe he is playing less and sleeping more. Although this might seem normal for an aging canine, arthritis could be to blame.

What Is Arthritis?

There are several different types of arthritis that can affect dogs, but the most common is osteoarthritis — also known as degenerative joint disease. This condition can affect up to one out of five adult dogs. Aging is a definite contributor to the development of osteoarthritis, but there are other factors as well, such as old injuries, metabolic disorders, like diabetes, and obesity. As dogs age, the cartilage in their joints begins to thin. This cartilage serves to cushion and protect the bones in the joint, and if it thins too much, the bones can rub against each other and break down. The resulting friction causes pain and loss of mobility. Inflammation in the joint capsule can also lead to the development of extra bony growths, known as spurs. Any joint in your dog’s body can be affected by osteoarthritis, but the most common locations are the hips, elbows, knees, wrists, shoulders, ankles, and lower back.

Senior Labrador over grass

Symptoms of Osteoarthritis in Dogs ?

Osteoarthritis can be hard to detect in its early stages. It is not until the joint is badly damaged and the bone surfaces are wearing away that outward symptoms can often be seen. In addition, dogs tend to mask their pain. If your canine companion exhibits any of the signs below, he may be suffering from osteoarthritis and dealing with some degree of discomfort:

  • Avoids exercise like running or is reluctant to go up stairs
  • Doesn’t play as much as he used to
  • Is lethargic, tires easily, and sleeps more
  • Has problems jumping; for example, struggles to get on the couch or into the car
  • Is stiff, limp, or has difficulty moving
  • Has gained weight or experienced changes in appetite
  • Gets irritated when petted or touched
  • Exhibits changes in personality, like depression or grouchiness
  • Has accidents in the house
Senior dog arthritis symptoms

Arthritis may not be the only cause of these symptoms, so it is imperative that you take your dog to the veterinarian for a thorough examination. X-rays are the best way to diagnose osteoarthritis. Your vet will want to know about your dog’s recent behavior, and she may manipulate his joints to listen and feel for any crackling or grating. Stiffness when your dog walks around the exam room or loss of muscle mass may also indicate osteoarthritis.

Treatment for Arthritis in Dogs?

Many of the same treatments available for people suffering from osteoarthritis are also available for dogs. The goal of treatment is to control a dog’s pain level and increase his movement and function. If possible, attempts should be made to slow down the degeneration of the joint and repair cartilage.

There are many medications your vet might suggest, including pain relievers such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) like Rimadyl. These reduce inflammation in the joint, resulting in less pain. However, NSAIDS can have side effects that impact the liver and kidneys, so it’s important that your vet run a blood test to check that these organs aren’t compromised before writing a prescription.

Cortisone or steroids can also be used to combat inflammation, but long-term use can lead to serious side effects. Another category of supplements is chondroprotectants, such as Chondropaw. These supplement inhibit the enzymes that contribute to cartilage breakdown, protecting the cartilage as it tries to repair itself. It’s important to note that many drugs meant for humans can be toxic to dogs, so never treat your pet with medication from the pain relief aisle in a drugstore without first consulting your veterinarian. Surgery is another option for dogs in serious pain or with severe joint damage. This can range from cleaning out debris inside the joint to replacing the joint with an artificial one.

How are dogs diagnosed with arthritis?

If your vet sees signs your dog is suffering, they can sometimes tell which joints are affected by any pain and/or discomfort by examination, including joint flexion and extension. But to investigate properly they usually suggest further tests (e.g. x-rays), which help will help locate and conmfirm arthritic change, and sometimes identify any underlying causes also.

Occasionally (in the case of suspected joint infection, for example) your vet may recommend a small sample of fluid is taken from inside the joint and, in some cases, blood samples may be required to rule out any medical conditions associated with arthritis.

What possible medications are available?

An important treatment for all arthritic dogs is appropriate exercise and weight management. Excess pounds put more stress on joints, so keeping your dog at a healthy weight will aid in mobility and pain management, as well as minimize further damage. Products like ramps, stairs, or a lift harness can also help. Proper exercise keeps the joints supple and the muscles around the damaged joint in good condition. Canine physiotherapy is another great option, so consider asking your veterinarian about certified canine rehabilitation therapists in your area.

Finally, there are many complementary therapies available, from acupuncture to herbal remedies. Even your choice of dog food can have an impact on your arthritic dog’s quality of life. Look for joint health or senior formulas with additives, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, the omega-3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and antioxidants like vitamin E. These may help reduce inflammation in your dog’s joints, minimize damage to cartilage, and ease symptoms of arthritis. However, as with any supplement or alternative therapy, look for treatments backed by scientific research and consult your veterinarian before starting something new.

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Why are Joint Supplements Important for your Dog?

Why Are Joint Supplements Like Chondropaw Important for your Dog?

Your dog having joint problems is not that different from you having arthritis or joint pain or swelling. You can barely move as each attempt to move a limb pulling on a 5-ton vehicle. it also gets worse during cold weather as the muscles tend to pull on the different structures that connect it to the joints, leading to increased swelling and pain. These physiologic responses are the same with dogs.

Typically, a pet dog who has joint problems will often display the following manifestations:

 – Highly irritable especially when made to move from a particular spot

 – Difficulty sitting up from a lying position or standing up from a sitting position

 – Purposely slower movements of the limbs

 – Incessant licking of the joints

 – Hesitates to move either to walk or to run or even avoids it entirely

 – Whines or cries even though there are no apparent reason

 – Stays in its kennel, create, or dog bed for unusually longer periods of time

 – May not eat or drink unless its food and water bowls are brought closer

 – Struggles climbing up and down stairs or avoids doing so

 – Limps while walking sans any valid reason

 – Behaves in a manner that is grossly different from past behavior

There are just some of the possible signs that your dog may already be suffering from joint problems. A trip to your veterinarian can help establish your suspicions with absolute certainty. Your dog will also be provided with a variety of treatments to help alleviate the symptoms as well as possibly reverse the progression of the condition. In many cases, you will be given a joint supplement which you will administer to your pet. But why are joint supplements important for your dog?

Alleviates pain and suffering

Just like us, when our pets are in pain they get grumpy, agitated, irritable, and aggressive. They may not feed, refuse to play, or even go out for a walk simply because their focus is on the pain experience. Inadvertently, they may begin showing signs of deteriorating health. Many supplements for dog joint contain ingredients that have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. These can help reduce the inflammation which is technically the primary source of the pain. This way your pet can be really free from pain and suffering, allowing it to enjoy its being.

Alleviates dog pain and suffering

Improve quality of life

As already presented above, the severity and magnitude of pain can have an impact in many aspects of a creature’s existence. Not only are they physically affected, their social and emotional wellbeing are also damaged. Dogs are very social animals, everyone knows that by now. If they are unable to join their masters and their children during family outings and activities, they will feel depressed and lonely, too. This can lead to a host of canine behavioral issues that may require professional help. That is why alleviating pain and suffering and improving overall physical mobility can help improve the quality of life or our dogs with joint problems. The best dog vitamins for joint health can thus, help.

Enhances overall mobility

One of the most important reasons why dogs need joint supplement like Chondropaw is to enhance their overall mobility. Your pet is not Garfield who loves to lie and sleep around all day long. They need plenty of exercise and play, lest they develop canine behavioral problems. And since they essentially have 4 legs to move about, a problem in any one of these can significantly impair their mobility. You don’t want this to happen, do you? Besides, a dog without play is a dog that is dull and quite unsocial.

Facilitates positive canine behavior

Like we said, a mobile dog is a happy dog. If your pet is able to exercise, it is able to dispense of all that energy inside it. This leads to significantly more positive canine behavior. Your pet is a lot easier to train and will obey most of your commands. It really becomes a little bundle of joy for the whole family.

owner dog relationship

Strengthens owner-dog relationship

Giving your pet the best supplements for dog joint like Chondropaw essentially tells your pet that you care so much for its well-being. This endears you more to your canine friend, further strengthening the relationship that you have. For many, the loyalty of a dog is simply incomparable. No human being can ever replicate or even match the tenacious dedication, loyalty, and commitment of a pet dog to its master.

Conclusion

Canine joint problems are a great concern for many dog owners as it affects their pet’s level of comfort and mobility and significantly impairs their ability to bond and socialize with their masters and other dogs. Giving them the right joint supplement should help prevent the rapid deterioration of their articular health while promoting Optimum mobility and overall quality of canine life.

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Chondropaw Review – Does This Supplement For Dogs Really Work?

Chondropaw Review
Does This Supplement For Dogs Really Work?

Chondropaw has been on the market for over 20 years and has helped thousands of dogs across the world experience a higher quality of life.

Most people would agree that their dogs are considered to be part of their family. Thus, it can be heartbreaking when one’s loved animals suffer from infections and injuries that can cause serious health conditions. Fortunately, there is a supplement that has been designed specifically to help dogs suffering from arthritis and other mobility problems with no known side effects.

What Is Chondropaw?

As stated previously, Chondropaw has been created specifically to help dogs with the symptoms of various painful injuries and infections, especially when dogs enter into old age. The product does not require a vet to administer, and can be done from the comfort of one’s home.

Chondropaw is made from 100% natural ingredients. It contains pure pharmaceutical grade Chondroitin and small doses of botanical extracts to achieve best results. The active ingredient Chondroitin is the base of healthy cartilage in dogs. This unique formula, taken weekly, helps to support dog’s healthy bones, as well as their muscle, tendons and ligaments.

What Symptoms Can Chondropaw Help With?

Chondropaw is known as an effective treatment for various ailments that can commonly be found in dogs. Specifically, Chondropaw can help with the following.

  • Arthritis – This can cause painful joint stiff and inflammation
  • Hip Dysplasia – Is the cause of pain and discomfort in dogs during exercise.
  • Arthrosis – This is a common cause of decreased flexibility and pain in dogs.
  • Swelling, especially around the joints
  • Difficulty in climbing stairs
  • Stiffness in joints
  • Long lasting pain and discomfort
  • Slowness in getting up and down
  • Limping
  • Shivering and trembling
  • Lack of interest to run and play

Chondropaw Features

  • All natural: The product contains no harmful chemicals or drugs and is made from 100% natural ingredients
  • Safe: Chondropaw has no known side effects and can be safely used with other supplements and medications
  • Only once a week: Chondropaw only needs to be taken once per week and comes in an easy-to-use liquid dose
  • Over the counter supplement: The product is readily available without a prescription
  • Fast release: Chondropaw, works fast, and one may notice changes in as little as 86 hours after the first dose
  • Cost effective: The product is inexpensive and with no shipping costs throughout United States
  • Satisfaction guaranteed: The product is fully supported by a 90 day money back guarantee with no questions asked

Chondropaw Ingredients

Chondropaw is made from all natural ingredients that supports bones, cartilages, muscle, tendons and ligaments. The product contains the active ingredient Chondroitin and botanical extracts. Both are proven to help improve the health and longevity in both humans and animals with no known side effects.

What Are The Packages And How Much Does It Cost?

There are two packages available of Chondropaw that are available to purchase. What one decides to buy is determined by the weight of the dog. For dogs over 25 pounds, the price is $49.95 and includes 5 doses of 5 milliletres each. If one has a dog that weighs under 25 pounds, the price is $44.95.The product is readily available for purchase through the Chondropaw website, as well as in leading retail stores nationwide.

CHONDROPAW IMPORTANT NOTICE OF DOSES

Chondropaw Directions

Each box of Chondropaw contains five does that is to be applied over a four week period. The dosing schedule of Chondropaw can be found below:

  • Week 1: Dispense two doses into the dog’s mouth, once a week.
  • Week 2-4: Dispense one dose in the dog’s mouth, once per week.

Chondropaw is recommended to be applied directly into the dog’s mouth to prevent contamination and infection.

What to Expect While Taking Chondropaw

One should expect to see results within thirty days of using the supplement. If one does not notice results within ninety days, one can can take advantage of the company’s 90-day money back guarantee and return the product to the manufacturer for a full refund. However, if one notices notices a considerable improvement in the health of one’s dog, Chondropaw strongly recommends that one continues to apply the product on a weekly basis for at least six months to get optimum results.

Chondropaw is safe to use along with other prescription and OTC medications. The medication is safe from side effects and drug interactions. Additionally, it is recommended that one consults with their vet if one has health concerns relating to Chondropaw.

What Are People Saying About Chondropaw?

ChondroPaw joint supplement for dogs is rapidly gaining in popularity with dog owners the world over. With hundreds of testimonials from happy customers, the product is getting a reputation for being the joint care supplement for dogs that actually works.

The Bottom Line – Is Chondropaw Recommended?

In spite of the mixed bag of customer reviews, there is enough evidence to suggest that Chondropaw could be a viable treatment for dogs that display the common signs of aging such as arthritis, hip dysplasia and arthritis.

Both the negative and positive reviews of the product should be taken with a grain of salt, as the effectiveness of any given medication is largely determined by one’s point of view and personal expectations. In addition to this, the product is not sold or advertised as a magic pill that is guaranteed to cure all illnesses under any condition. If one has a serious health concern relating to their pet it is recommended to consult with their vet first before taking Chondropaw or any other supplement.

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Hip Dysplasia in Dogs: a Common Disability in Large Breeds

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs: a Common Disability in Large Breeds

Hip Dysplasia is a congenital condition in which the normal anatomy of the hip joint is altered. Normally, the thigh bone joints with the pelvis at the hip joint in a way in which the convexity of the femur head fits completely into the concavity of the hip known as acetabulum. The surface of this joint is covered in cartilage, an avascular tissue that provides cushion for mechanical impacts on the joint, as well as a wider range of motion.

Older dogs, particularly of large breeds, commonly suffer from this degenerative condition of the hip joint that directly affects their quality of life.

Older Labrador Retriever Dog

Dogs with Hip Dysplasia show a partial joint of the femur head into the acetabulum, as well as anatomical variations on the acetabulum itself as an uneven surface that causes abnormal and continuous friction on the cartilage as the joint moves.

The cause of Hip Dysplasia was commonly believed to be purely genetic. Multiple genes expressing in abnormal ways would lead to malformation on the hip joint, leading to dysplasia. However, in the past decades, researchers have found that environmental factors also contribute to the development as well as the severity of the condition.

 

For instance, neutering a dog while it is still a puppy or before it reaches its full developmental maturity doubles the odds for it to develop Hip Dysplasia when compared to non-neutered dogs and dogs that were neutered after they developed, according to a recent study.

 

Overweight and injuries involving the hip joint at a young age are also considered risk factors for Hip Dysplasia.

How do I know if my dog has Hip Dysplasia?

The main issue caused by this condition is chronic pain in the hip joint caused by the osteoarthritis subsequent to abnormal tearing and wearing of the anatomically modified joint.

Old dog with Hip Dysplasia

Since dogs tend to accommodate to chronic pain more seamlessly than they do with acute pain, they adapt themselves and their behavior around the pain, thus not showing any clear signs of suffering.

However, as the hip joint gets more and more compromised through time, pain can worsen and functional limitation of the joint becomes evident, being detected by one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Difficulty standing up after rest

  • Stiffness on the back legs

  • Lameness and reluctance to walk, run or play

  • Irritability

  • Reluctance to climbing stairs or jumping on higher surfaces

  • Reluctance to stand on two legs

  • Abnormal gait

  • Atrophy of thigh muscles

 

The final diagnosis of Hip Dysplasia should be made by a veterinary practitioner after the performance of an X-ray of the hips. The X-ray image findings should then be correlated with one of the many standardized categorizations of Hip Dysplasia.

HIP DYSPLASIA IN DOGS TREATMENT

As a congenital condition, there is no final cure for Hip Dysplasia. Therefore, the main goal for both veterinarians and dog owners is to ensure that the dog’s quality of life is held at the highest possible point for the longest possible period of time.

 

According to the Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA), weight control and exercise are key in order for the animal to be healthy and enjoy quality of life. Overweight puts more mechanical stress on the hip joints, thus accelerating the development of osteoarthritis and worsening the pain. On the other hand, mild to moderate exercise performed regularly and gradually helps toning the muscles of the thighs, leading to a more stable joint.

DOG WITH HIP DYSPLASIA IN VET

However, it is important to note that excessive exercise harms the dog’s joints, having the opposite effect on their quality of life.

 

As the OFA states, a group of drugs known as “disease-modifying osteoarthritis agents” (DMOA) may help enhance the synthesis of glycosaminoglycan and hyaluronate, two substances present in all normal joints. These two molecules are dramatically decreased in the hip joints of dogs with Hip Dysplasia.

 

The most commonly used DMOA is chondroitin, a popular molecule used for the treatment of osteoarthritis in humans and animals.

 

Chondroitin sulfate is the main molecule of the Chondropaw ® formula for dog’s joint care.

 

For more information about Chondropaw® and its benefits, visit chondropaw.com

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