Hip dysplasia in large and older dogs -medically referred to as Canine Hip Dysplasia (CHD)- is a common disease in large breeds. But it can also affect dogs of medium-sized breeds, although it’s rarer in small breeds.
Hip dysplasia is genetically transmitted from a dog’s parents or grandparents, but because multiple genes are involved, scientists have not been able to determine the pattern of inheritance.
Adding to the problem of causation is the complicated interplay between heredity and the environment. Environmental factors can also have an influence on whether or not a particular dog or breed of dog will eventually develop hip dysplasia.
Canine hip dysplasia is the most common orthopedic problem in dogs and is caused by a loose hipbone to thighbone connection leading to hind joint pain and lameness ranging from mild to severely crippling.
Hip dysplasia is a very debilitating disease and painful for the poor dog who has to suffer with it.
Canine hip dysplasia most often affects large breeds like Golden Retrievers, Labradors, German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Pitbulls, Great Danes and Saint Bernards.
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Early symptoms of hip dysplasia include:
- Changes in gait, including a “bunny hop” walk
- Sitting rather than standing
- Difficulty getting up
- Crying or yelping when an affected joint is moved or touched
- Signs of pain during and after activity
- Pain in the rear legs and hips, especially in the mornings
- Trouble climbing stairs, getting in the car or running
- Avoiding normal activities like a morning or evening walk
These symptoms of hip dysplasia may seem like gradual changes that are common to an aging dog, but by noticing these physical signs in the early stages, an owner can prevent further pain and suffering for their dog and improve the dog’s mobility and activity levels before the disease has developed to the point that surgery or powerful medications are required.
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Dogs who do suffer with joint diseases such as arthritis, osteochondrosis (OCD), hip dysplasia and other degenerative joint problems can experience immediate and long-term relief with a regimen of Winston’s Joint System. This product is a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. There are no drugs in Winston’s, and there are no side-effects because it’s just good whole food, and there are no dosage problems because the dog’s body uses only what it needs.
Hip dysplasia in large and older dogs is a genetic disease that often can’t be prevented. It is a progressively degenerative disease, so any measure of prevention you can take at an early stage will improve the quality of your dog’s life for years. If you own a large breed dog, or your dog is a senior dog showing signs of joint disease, you owe it to your faithful companion to start him on an all natural product like Winston’s Joint System as soon as possible.
Since 1990, Winston’s Joint System and Winston’s Pain Formula have helped heal over twenty thousand dogs from all over the world. Our staff specializes in hip dysplasia, arthritis and all joint, pain and mobility issues.
There is an excellent chance we can help your dog, so please contact us at: www.dogshealth.com or call our toll free number at 888-901-5557.