SymptomsSymptoms of hip dysplasia mimic those of arthritis, such as a reluctance to get up or climb stairs, moving more slowly, intermittent or persistent lameness, and "bunny hopping". Hip Dysplasia is painfully debilitating and obvious signs to look for include: disinterest in playing, moving more carefully and, possibly, you may even hear a grating sound when they move their hips.
Breed SpecificA common genetic disorder to specific larger breed dogs, including the German Shepherd, Great Dane, Labrador Retriever and Saint Bernard.
Common Treatment ProtocolAnti-inflammatory medications are usually prescribed for pain control, along with cold laser, heat, possibly acupuncture treatments and underwater treadmill sessions. Maintaining a healthy weight is also very important in managing your pet’s pain, as is with arthritis. Essential fatty acids (such as fish oil or flax seed oi) are used as a natural anti-inflammatory. Additional natural supplements being used today are glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, and are believed to have health benefits as well.
Note: It is important to mention that these common treatments may manage symptoms to some degree, but they do not correct structural damage to the pet's joints.
Various types of surgeries can be performed if the disease is caught before there is too much joint damage, otherwise a complete hip replacement is necessary.
Stem Cell TreatmentPanzer (pictured above) received Regenerative Stem Cell Therapy using only his own cells on May 7, 2015. Panzer is a 13-year-old Rottweiler with painful elbow and hip dysplasia (poor/abnormal development) and Fragmented Coronoid Processes (FCP). While rehabilitation and pain management helped him a great deal, it was evident he needed something more. Stem cells was that something more for Panzer that literally saved his life because, otherwise, he would have been put down. Stem cells actually regenerated
verb (used with object), re·gen·er·at·ed, re·gen·er·at·ing.the cartilage in his hip joints, giving him the ability to walk again! Your pet can be treated with stem cell injections, too! Injections placed directly into the bad joints and/or administered intravenously can restore cartilage and function and, thereby, reduce their pain!
- to effect a complete moral reform in.
- to re-create, reconstitute, or make over, especially in a better form or condition.
- to revive or produce anew; bring into existence again.