German Shepherd Hip Problems
This X-ray shows a dysplastic joint. Notice how the ball of the right leg doesn't quite fit into
German Shepherds suffer from hip problems for many reason. Irresponsible
breeding, obesity, lack of proper exercise, and poor diet all contribute to hip problems.
Understanding the potential for hip problems can help you prevent this problem from
Hip dysplasia is developmental orthopedic disease in which an
abnormal formation of the hip leads to looseness in the hip joints, causing cartilage
Some dogs clearly show signs they are having problems while other dogs
can go years without showing signs. Obviously the sooner you catch it the more
options you will have for treatment and the longer it goes unnoticed fewer
treatment options will be available.
Signs of dysplasia include: Reduced activity,
reluctance to go up stairs, lameness in the rear end, reluctance to jump, instead
of a normal gait they start to hop when they run, and pain when you try to move
Treatments include: There are several options
for treating dysplasia. There are surgical procedures like hip replacements
either total or partial available. Alternatively there are treatments like
using pain medications, herbs, canine massage, and joint supplements.
If you think your GSD is suffering from hip problems you should
see your vet for professional medical advice and assistance.
As the Old Saying Goes ...
There is an old saying that goes something like this, "An ounce of
prevention is worth a pound of cure." When it comes to your German Shepherds health
this couldn't be more spot on.
Proper exercise, letting your dog rest, getting
your dog a proper dog bed
and putting your dog on a carnivore appropriate diet can help prevent hip problems.
Taking your GSD to the vet for regular health checks can also help
you spot any developing issues before they become a serious problem. Going to
the vet every 6-8 months is suggested.
SynFlex for Pets Joint Supplement. Highly recommended.
Joint Strong by Animal Naturals. Another supplement
that is highly recommended.
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