1. Hip Dysplasia
Mastiffs, Saint Bernards, Great Danes, Bulldogs, Rottweilers, and Golden Retrievers, Labradors and especially German Shepherds are the most commonly diagnosed purebred breeds to develop hip dysplasia.
Mixed breeds whose bloodline traces back to one of these breeds can also develop this condition, but the risk level is slightly lower.
The hip joint of all mammals is pretty much the same, as the ball-and-socket design gives us a full 360 degree mobility. Let’s break down what “ball-and-socket” means. So, the ball is the top or head of the long bone (femur) and the socket is that curved section at the bottom of the pelvis known as the acetabulum.
Hip dysplasia is primarily a formation problem of the acetabulum, where the pelvis just isn’t holding the femur securely in place. When the joint isn’t meeting properly, the bones grind together and sometimes pop out of place during physical activity.
If your dog has hip dysplasia, he or she will begin showing symptoms such as; irregular gait, pain, mobility difficulties, stumbling and early onset arthritis. There is no cure for hip dysplasia, but it can be managed or even prevented in some cases. If your dog is already diagnosed with hip dysplasia, veterinarians find hydrotherapy, physical therapy and pain control highly effective, but eventually, surgery is often necessary.
You can lower your dog’s risk through weight management with a healthy diet and at least 30 minutes of exercise a day. Veterinarians also find joint supplements to be a highly effective preventative method. Hip dysplasia is a problem of abnormal joint formation, causing bone and tissue degeneration over time. Therefore, a daily hip and joint supplement will support the structures of the joints, delaying or even preventing the problem from occurring.