Five Ways To Prevent Hip Dysplasia From Ruling Your Dog's Life


Today I want to share with you Five Ways To Prevent Hip Dysplasia From Ruling Your Dog’s Life.

Do you have a puppy that has just been diagnosed with hip dysplasia???  and maybe right now you feel like there is very little that you can do to help your growing pup??  This is the case for many dog owners,( especially those who have large to giant breed dogs) and it is certainly one of the most common joint problems seen in dogs. Canine Hip dysplasia ( a form of arthritis) is a deformity of the hip (or coxofemoral joint) that occurs during a dog’s growth period....this is where the ball of the femur (this is the long bone between the knee and hip joint)doesn’t fit properly into the hip socket joint. There is a looseness in the hip joint and this looseness creates abnormal wear and erosion of the joint and as a result pain and arthritis develops. Now, an affected dog may show absolutely no signs of this condition, whilst others may show severe signs. And while there is a component of heredity with the condition), I believe environmental factors play a far bigger role in the progression of the disease as ANY dog can be affected. Today I want to share with you 5 things I believe are important in preventing hip dysplasia from progressing and ruling your dog’s life.

The symptoms of hip dysplasia in dogs include hind leg weakness, lack of coordination in the hind quarters (swaying and staggering), reluctance to run and jump, difficulty when attempting to lie down or stand u and abnormal gait. Commonly these start to show in older dogs, but today we are now seeing many younger dogs showing signs of hip dysplasia along with a range of other joint issues. So if you have a young puppy, it certainly makes good sense to address this from a preventative perspective as soon as possible.!!

Let’s look now at 5 ways we can do this.

The first thing to consider is to avoid over vaccinating!! Did you know that every vaccination that you are giving your puppy or dog can actually damage collagen? Why is this important you ask? Well collagen not only protects the joint cartilage but tendons and ligaments as well. It’s a bit like the use of steel rods to reinforce concrete!!  If the steel rods are weak, this weakens the overall structure. Studies have found that vaccinations can cause an autoimmune response that causes the immune system to attack collagen, thus damaging and breaking it down. So when you understand that vaccination damages collagen, it makes sense to limit those vaccinations to help avoid joint disease and injury in the future. And talking about collagen, did you know that dark green and orange veggies, oily fish and turkey all help collagen production!!

Secondly we need to focus on diet and keeping your pup’s gut healthy. If you have a puppy with hip dysplasia, or ANY other joint issue, then a raw organic GRAIN free diet is essential. Why? Well diets based around grains and other high calorie carbohydrates (found in commercial foods) can cause rapid growth that can lead to excess weight gain and stress on the hip joints. In addition, it’s important for growing pups that you don’t feed extra calcium supplements as this can throw out the body’s own balance of calcium and phosphorus and this can also lead to skeletal issues (including hip dysplasia) as well as nutritional deficiencies.

Keeping the gut healthy goes hand in hand with diet. We know that the health of the gut has a wide influence on the state of your overall puppy’s health. (Click here to read or watch my blog posts on gut health). This may sound a little strange- how can what’s going on in the gut have anything to do with the joints? Well gut imbalances and leaky gut issues (click here - to read or watch my 2 part blog series on leaky gut) can cause inflammation throughout the body and also contribute to joint disease. By avoiding processed foods, vaccinations and a wide range of other chemicals as well as stress, you can help keep your puppy’s gut to stay strong and healthy.


Avoid early spaying/neutering- if a puppy is spayed or neutered before 6 months of age, they can lose certain sex hormones that help regulate growth. Growth plates in the long bones of young growing pups can be affected by this loss of sex hormone and the risk of joint disease is much more likely if early spaying or neutering occurs. Studies have shown that early spaying can DOUBLE the risk of hip dysplasia and disease occurs at a younger age. Read more about this article by clicking on this link.

Appropriate exercise to prevent injury: over-exercising your dog when young can lead to bone and joint issues that may lead to the development of hip dysplasia. Gentle, low impact exercise can be beneficial for puppies, but avoid letting your pup run, leap, or jump is  very hard on developing joints and can lead to hip dysplasia. Remember we want a puppy with strong muscle tone that will help support the whole joint but we want to build that muscle in the appropriate way.

Use herbs and supplements to strengthen the joint area: Finally, we can once again turn to Mother Nature for wonderfully supportive natural medicines to help strengthen and support joint health and many of these can be given over the long term. Of course I LOVE to use herbs for the long term health of any joint. These might include Rosehips, Yarrow, Ginger, Horsetail, and Turmeric just to name a few! In addition, omega oils, magnesium, glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM, Green lipped mussel and vitamin C and E can all be used to help support collagen production, as well as reduce inflammation, pain and other associated symptoms of hip dysplasia. If you’re looking for some herbal support for your dog’s hip dysplasia or any other joint problem, then feel free to email me to learn more about my herbal formulas for these issues.


So while a diagnosis of hip dysplasia
in your puppy can be very distressing, there is hope at hand! Implementing these 5 steps can have a significant and positive effect on not only the health of your growing puppy’s joints but on their overall health. And in the long term, you can help prevent arthritis and other symptoms developing from hip dysplasia! I hope you enjoyed this post on “Five Ways To Prevent Hip Dysplasia From Ruling Your Dog’s Life” Please leave me a comment of question below and don’t forget to subscribe to my youtube channel where you’ll receive all the latest happy healthy dogs tips straight to your inbox.

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