Does my Labrador have hip dysplasia?


There are several options available for treating hip dysplasia, none of which leads to a cure. The forms of therapy can relieve pain and inflammation, delay the progression of osteoarthritis, and improve joint mechanics and movement. Which form of treatment is chosen depends on many different factors such as severity of symptoms, x-ray findings, breed, age and weight of the dog and the owner of the animal. A distinction is made between conservative and surgical therapy for hip dysplasia. Conservative therapy focuses on reducing stress and supporting the joints. If you are overweight, you need to lose weight so that the joints are not additionally stressed by excessive body weight. With the help of dietary supplements such as omega-3 fatty acids, green-lipped mussels, chondroitin and glucosamine, the joints can be supported and symptoms improved. Avoiding overloading the dog through controlled movement on a soft surface to protect the joints and build up the muscles, for example by swimming, is advisable. On the other hand, abrupt movements such as those caused by playing, jumping and turning should be avoided because of the high stress on the joint surfaces, the joint capsule and the tissue around the joint. In addition, physiotherapeutic measures can be used to reduce pain and inflammation and to relieve tension in the muscles. In terms of medication, anti-inflammatory drugs and pain relievers are often used, sometimes in combination with one another. A number of methods are available for surgical therapy. When choosing the method, a distinction must be made between young dogs without joint changes and adult dogs with pre-existing changes in the joints.