Hip Dysplasia: Causes and Alternative Options
Canine hip dysplasia is the abnormal development and growth of a dog's hip
joints. Hip dysplasia occurs commonly in large breed dogs such as German Shepherd, Golden Retriever, Labrador Retriever, Newfoundland, Rottweiler, and Saint Bernards, but it can also occur in small dogs as well. There is no single cause that leads to hip dysplasia. Multiple factors contribute to hip dysplasia, genetics and nutrition playing a larger role.
Dog owners assume hip dysplasia is the cause of osteoarthritis in older dogs, but the disease actually develops during puppyhood. The underlying issue with hip dysplasia is hip joint laxity (looseness). This laxity causes stretching of the supporting ligaments, joint capsule, and muscles around the hip joint. This instability leads to progressive joint degeneration and signs of osteoarthritis.
Dogs with hip dysplasia commonly show signs of hind limb lameness, pain, and atrophy (muscle wasting). Dogs might show signs such as lameness, "bunny-hopping" gait, difficulty rising, inability to exercise for long periods, and difficulty jumping or climbing stairs.
Hip Dysplasia Considerations
- Weight Management - Excessive caloric intake, weight gain, and excessive exercise should be managed if you have a puppy that is predisposed to hip dysplasia. These conditions contribute to bone growth outpacing soft tissue structures that are important for joint stabilization, which leads to joint laxity if a balance is not maintained.
- Collagen Type II - Osteoarthritis is associated with the loss of ability to synthesize or maintain Collagen Type II. Collagen Type II has been useful in reducing the auto-immune reaction of rheumatoid arthritis. Velvet Elk Antler is a main ingredient of our K9 Revive Dog Supplement. Most of the collagen in Velvet Antler is Collagen Type II.
- Increased Muscle & Joint Stabilization - Velvet Elk Antler is a naturally rich source of IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor). Decline in growth hormones and IGF-1 are among the causes of bone development disorders. That's why replacement of these growth factors has been regarded as a method useful to protect against osteoporosis progression. Moreover, because of the elevated levels of IGF-1 in velvet antler it is conjectured to improve muscular development.
- PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) - PEMF stimulation fine tunes growth factors in multiple ways, one is by increasing the nitric oxide production. Calmodulin (CaM), is a messenger protein in the cell that binds calcium. Once CaM binds to calcium (PEMF increases this process by supporting the necessary electrical charge activity), with the end result being the release of nitric oxide and improving growth factors. PEMF therapy has been used to heal bone, ligaments, and tissues in a variety of different ways. PEMF helps accelerate healing, reduce inflammation, and improves circulation.
Alternative Solutions for Hip Dysplasia
We have certainly seen plenty of success utilizing supplements and protocols with dogs dealing with arthritis, TPLO (post surgery), ACL tears, and luxating patella to name a few. Here are three options from good to best option:
- K9 Revive Dog Supplement (Good, Most Popular) - The majority of dogs have just used our K9 Revive Dog Supplement. The growth factors combined with the non-inflammatory properties has helped a variety of dogs recovery from injury and arthritis. Depending on the age and the severity of hip dysplasia the dog can get a maintenance dose or concentrated dose with each feeding.
- K9 Revive Dog Supplement & PEMF (Better) - This options combines our K9 Revive Dog Supplement with PEMF. This is only available for our dogs in the Florida area as this would require the dogs to come to our office once or twice per week for a 30 minute session. We have seen amazing results with the combination of these two products.
- K9 Revive Dog Supplement & PEMF Purchase (Best) - This would be the ultimate option for any dog dealing with hip dysplasia. Getting the dog supplement and PEMF on a daily basis would expedite healing and recovery. Our PEMF "Mini" can produce 1.0 TESLA (10,000 GAUSS) which is plenty of power for any dog with a price tag of $8,995. There is also our strongest PEMF 2.5 TESLA (25,000 GAUSS) with a price starting at $13,995. Both options can also be used humans and dogs. The PEMF "Mini" is limited on the power output, whereas the PEMF 2.5 TESLA would have enough power for all your needs.
The common theme we are seeing with the dogs having success is consistency. In order to have long-term success and build a strong foundation you have to be consistent and methodical with your approach. Moreover, starting any of these protocols early is the best course of action. Much easier to be proactive rather than reactive.
Thanks for reading and let us know if you have any questions. Continued health to all our dogs!