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German Shepherd Hip Problems

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This X-ray shows a dysplastic joint. Notice how the ball of the right leg doesn't quite fit into the socket.

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 occurring.

Hip dysplasia is developmental orthopedic disease in which an abnormal formation of the hip leads to looseness in the hip joints, causing cartilage damage.

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 the leg.

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.

Related Information:
SynFlex for Pets Joint Supplement. Highly recommended.

Joint Strong by Animal Naturals. Another supplement that is highly recommended.

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