What is hip dysplasia in dogs?
Hip dysplasia is when your dog’s hips ball and socket have not formed properly. In other words, the hips ball and socket joint do not fit properly and are not working as they should, thereby putting your dog in much pain. As the dog grows, continuous use of the hips in this terrible condition causes the cartilage in the joints to thin the, resulting.
Hip dysplasia is a hereditary condition. It mainly affects large breed dogs such as Golden retrievers, German shepherds, and other large breed dogs. The situation worsens in dogs that are obese.
Symptoms of hip dysplasia in dogs include severe or sporadic lameness, Limping without any prior damage or injury, Joint cracking and popping sounds, bunny hopping during walks, and difficulty getting on and off the couch stairs.
Prevention of hip dysplasia in dogs
While hip dysplasia is a genetic disorder, various factors can worsen the condition. Poor weight management and nutrition, fast growth rate, and certain types of exercise can all contribute to the condition’s worsening. Obesity excessively strains your dog’s joints and may aggravate or possibly induce hip dysplasia.
To avoid/prevent hip dysplasia, speak with your veterinarian about the recommended amount of daily exercise and diet suitable for your dog.
Can your Dog Live Comfortably with Hip Dysplasia?
Flowing from all that has been stated above, your dog can not live a comfortable life with hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia affects your dog’s quality of life in that he is constantly in pain and can not do the things that he would ordinarily love to do. Your dog won’t be able to live life to the fullest due to the reduction in his quality of life caused by hip dysplasia.
Treatment of hip dysplasia in dogs
Hip dysplasia treatment methods vary depending on the severity of your dog’s condition. Early detection of the disease can reduce or prevent long-term arthritis caused by hip dysplasia in dogs.
Your veterinarian may recommend basic lifestyle adjustments such as food and exercise or more intensive therapies such as pain medication or a few surgical alternatives for your dog.
Aside from surgery and medicinal management in treating hip dysplasia in dogs, our vets at Safari Veterinary Care Center, led by Dr. Steve Garner, have successfully treated hip dysplasia using stem cell therapy.
Stem cell therapy entails injecting healthy stem cells from your dog into the affected joint area to help facilitate the regeneration of cartilage in the hip joint. It is why we are also called stem cell safari.
Cost of treating hip dysplasia in dogs.
Depending on the degree of hip dysplasia in your dog, surgery costs could range from $1,500.00 – $7,000.00. Of course, your pet insurance can cover up to 50% of the surgical fee.
For medicinal management, you could spend $50 – $200 per month on medication, and if your pet gets to live for ten years or more, the total cost you pay on medicine throughout your dog’s lifetime could be as high as $5,000 – $19,500.
So do the math and decide on the cost-efficient treatment remedy.