Hip dysplasia is common among among dogs that are medium to large to extra large size, which includes a large variety of dogs and dog breeds, Pit Bulls included.
Basically, hip dysplasia occurs when the ball of the femur does not fit into the hip socket. The bones are formed like puzzle pieces, and if one piece is off a little, it causes the other pieces to be off.
Most dogs are born with normal hips, but genes, nutrition, and other factors can cause the soft tissues around the joint to begin developing abnormally, remodeling the hip structure.
When buying a puppy from a breeder, make sure to ask about a history of hip dysplasia.
Common symptoms of hit dysplasia:
- Pain and discomfort after exercise.
- Altered gait.
- Resistant to certain movements and full extension of the rear legs.
- Stiffness in the morning or after a nap.
- Difficulty climbing stairs.
Hip dysplasia can be treated with or without surgery, depending on the dog’s age, size, and the severity of the joint degeneration.
If you do not want to put your dog under the knife, you can still treat hip dysplasia. Proper diet and exercise will help maintain your dog’s weight. Anti-inflammatories and pain relievers may also be prescribed.
Supplements can help ensure that your dog is getting proper vitamins and minerals.
- Glucosamine and chondroitin are commonly used to help osteoarthritis.
- Omega 3 fatty acid are known for their anti-inflammatory properties.
- Avocado/soybean usaponifiables (ASUs) can help protect cartilage, support cartilage repair, and decrease discomfort.