Hip dysplasia dogs suffer from malformed hip joints. This is primarily a genetic disease seen in large breed dogs. This condition can lead to arthritis and if left untreated, can cripple your dog.
One of the ways hip dysplasia dogs can get relief is through prevention. Like humans, the onset of certain diseases can be warded off with a high level of attention to a healthy diet, exercise, and adequate periods of sleep. Dogs are no different. Attention to their healthy lifestyle is paramount, especially if they are predisposed to disease. Although the fittest dogs can still be stricken with disease, hip dysplasia dogs that are operating with a healthy body can withstand invasive treatment better and heal faster than unfit canines.
There are several ways healthy ways to help hip dysplasia dogs. Moderate exercise can stimulate the cartilage growth at the joint and reduce its degeneration. The key word here is moderate. Excessive exercise will, in the case of hip dysplasia, do more harm than good. Exercise will also help to keep your dog's weight at an appropriate level. Too much fat can increase the discomfort of hip dysplasia. Try regular walks and games of fetch. Work active living into your dog's schedule such as allowing your pet to accompany you the mail box or make a point of visiting different dog parks throughout the week.
A hearty, balanced diet rich in nutrients that support healthy joints is very beneficial for hip dysplasia dogs. One way to achieve this healthy diet is to use natural supplements. The ingredients in Winston's Joint Formula, for example, provide essential lubricants necessary for healthy joint function and help to maintain flexible cartridge. Supplements are not meal replacements, rather they add essential support to your dog's existing diet.
Rest is also important for hip dysplasia dogs. When the body is at rest, the vital systems, while still hard at work to keep life in the body, get a chance to rest as well. The heart is not pumping vigorously as it does when the dog is running (cardio exercise); the nerve endings are not on alert as the dog pads through new territory and sensations while out on a walk; the brain is not processing sights, sounds and smells. All systems are relaxing, healing and regenerating.
It is useful to think of dog's health in terms of human health. What do humans need to be healthy? Prevention in the form of a healthy diet, exercise and rest. It is no different for our canine friends. While the temptation may be there to spoil them with treats and laze about on the couch, you will be doing your friendly companion a disservice. Hip dysplasia dogs need preventative treatment in addition to a healthy lifestyle. When you get improve the health of your pet through clean living and exercise, you will likely find your health improves as well. After all, the dog is not going to walk itself! If your dog is predisposed to hip dysplasia or you are simply interested in your dog's optimal health, remember that an ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure.