Hip dysplasia in dogs is a medical condition that can cause your pup to suffer from extreme pain preventing him to enjoy life in beautiful Tampa. If you are the owner of a dog with this condition, it is important that you understand what it is, the pain it causes, and know of ways to help your furry friend.

Understanding Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

This condition exists both on human and dogs, but is more often associated with older pups and can more commonly be observed on larger breeds. Unlike normal hips, dogs who suffer from this condition present a malformation in their hip socket. This malformation often shows as a loose caput, or misshapen caput and acetabulum. Because the femur bone that joins to the hip does not have good fit in the acetabulum, the weight of your dog is carried by the cartilaginous part.

As a result, the joint becomes inflamed and pain settles in. Reactions to this genetic trait are various but usually involve joint degradation and inflammation caused by abnormal wear and tear. Hip dysplasia in dogs varies from a mild condition to something that can truly be crippling for the animal.

Research shows that hip dysplasia in dogs is a genetic condition, however new observations tend to indicate the environment in which a puppy grows may also be an important influence on the development of the issue. On almost all dogs, the problem will appears by the time your pup reaches 18 months, and can be diagnosed with X-rays and other hip scoring tests.

Appropriate Treatments  

There are two main approaches to treating hip dysplasia in dogs around Tampa:  non-surgical methods and surgical interventions. Consulting with a professional is the best way to establish a plan of action for your pooch in pain.
In most cases you will be presented with the option to control the condition through non-surgical methods that often include:

  • Establishing a healthy weight is often the most important aspect of helping a dog suffering from arthritis-type pain.
  • Offering exercise opportunities around Tampa, which is crucial to stimulate to growth of cartilage.
  • Medication that acts as pain and discomfort relievers, as well as reduces the inflammations.
  • Massages and therapies to ease the pain  

When non-surgical methods are not effective in controlling hip dysplasia in dogs, doctors turn to surgical intervention in order to provide your pooch with a better quality of life. Some options include:

  • Different types of hip modification reshaping, replacing, or removing the head of the femur, and rotating the pelvic.
  • Hip replacement is a highly successful option in severe cases. Replacing the faulty joins usually restore full mobility

After such invasive surgeries, it is necessary that recovering pups receive proper therapy and care.

About Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center

At the K9 Rehabilitation Center of Tampa Bay, we offer a variety of services to ensure all the pets of the area receive the care they deserve. Our staff is available to help you find the best way to provide relief to your furry friend. We will also discuss with you ways you can personally help from handling your recovering pet to practicing exercise.

Our center opened in 2004, and is located within the Central Animal Hospital. Dog owners of Tampa concerned with the health and comfort of their pets are encouraged to visit us. Hip dysplasia in dogs is a condition that can be crippling if not taken care of. However, our staff is dedicated to providing every suffering pooch with solutions to help him recover comfort.

To receive more information about the Tampa Bay K9 Rehabilitation Center, or to schedule a consultation, give us a call today at 727-521-3518.

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