It’s natural for dogs to be physically active. Some dogs could run, jump and play all day with no problems at all. Unless, of course, when they reach a certain age when they experience health issues such as hip pains.
Hip problems may cause unbearable pain to dogs and could even transition to something even more severe if left unattended. With these things in mind, these health issues are not to be taken lightly. The first step in preventing this from happening is for you to know these conditions a little bit better. For starters, there are two known types of hip problems, and these are the following:
If the bone cartilage sustains damage over time, it might become an inefficient cushion to the dog’s bones. When this happens, it causes excruciating pain to the affected dog. This condition is often referred to by medical practitioners as osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a chronic problem affecting a significant population of dogs. The risk of osteoarthritis is high among senior dogs, but osteoarthritis among younger dogs are also not unheard of.
When the two major bones that comprise the hip, the femur and the pelvis, don’t fit each other anymore, it could result in inflammation. Eventually, this malformation between the two major hip bones will cause agonizing pain associated with every dog’s movement. This condition is known as hip dysplasia.
Hip dysplasia is a common condition among senior dogs, but younger dogs are also at risk of developing this condition at an early age due to genetic disposition. Affected pups could be as young as a few months old.
How can I prevent hip issues from developing?
Nothing beats love, care, and prevention in keeping a dog healthy and happy throughout his life. To prevent or to delay the onset of hip dysplasia or osteoarthritis in your dog, help him maintain a healthy lifestyle. With this in mind, you may want to incorporate the following in your routine:
Help your dog keep a healthy weight
Too much weight will burden the dog’s bones, so to prevent future bone issues, the first step is to maintain a dog’s healthy weight. Encourage your dog to do physical activities, preferably every day. Some games will give him enough physical stimulation that will strengthen his bones and joints. Walk your dog every day, and spare some time to play games with him.
Also, to maintain your dog’s weight, be mindful of the amount of food that you feed to your dog. Give your pooch enough food that would nourish him and sustain his lifestyle. Don’t overfeed your dog. To know how much is too much food, consult your trusted veterinarian.
Consider joint health supplements
Administering your dog with joint health supplements might be a great idea in maintaining your dog’s joints. Joint supplements, particularly those with glucosamine and chondroitin, are recommended for most dogs, particularly the older ones. However, not all joint supplements are created the same. To know which supplement is ideal for your dog, don’t forget to ask for advice from your vet.