Hip Dysplasia in Collies

Hip dysplasia is a disease of the hip in which the ball and socket joint is malformed.

Meet the Collies

Collies are friendly, loving and highly intelligent. They make gentle and loyal friends to the entire family, even to other pets in a household.

Even though they are devoted to their family, they can act very wary of strangers, making them appear to be standoffish or aloof.

Collies love to play and thrive on your attention, but they are low-maintenance, non-destructive, non-demanding dogs.

When it comes to guarding their family, collies are not as docile and heroic as Lassie was. If they sense a threat they will protect their family and household, but they prefer to be friendly companions. They love regular exercise, but don’t need a vigorous amount of exercise like some larger breed dogs.

Lassie was always rescuing Timmy, but you need to be aware that Collies are not natural born rescuers and can’t be relied upon to baby-sit your children or run back to your house to alert you when someone is hurt.

Collies need daily brushing and regular grooming to keep their coats from getting too frizzy. They are very sensitive to heat, and their noses easily sunburn.

They originated in Scotland and northern England, and for generations they were used for herding cows and sheep. After Queen Victoria embraced the breed, Collies became popular pets across Europe.

Collies have light, graceful frames and long, bushy coats. Their heads are lean and wedge-shaped with flat tops and thin faces. Their ears are usually pointed and their noses stick straight out. They have trim, muscular bodies and broad chests. Typical colors for Collies are sable, sable merle, blue merle, tricolor, and white with markings of the other colors.

A healthy Collie can live as long as 16 years. Unfortunately, Collies are very susceptible to developing hip dysplasia and arthritis.

Hip dysplasia in Collies

Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that primarily affects large and giant breeds of dogs like Collies but can also affect medium-sized breeds and occasionally small breeds. It is primarily a disease of purebreds, although it can also occur in mixed breeds.

To understand hip dysplasia in Collies and the resulting arthritis, you need a basic understanding of how the dog’s hip joint is affected.

The hip joint is comprised of a ball and socket that forms the attachment of the hind leg to the body. The ball portion is the head of the femur and the socket is located on the pelvis.

In a normal hip joint the ball rotates freely within the socket. The bones are shaped to perfectly match each other with the socket surrounding the ball.

To strengthen the joint, the two bones are held together by a strong ligament. The joint capsule, a strong band of connective tissue, circles the two bones to provide added stability.

This is a normal hip joint:

Hip dysplasia is linked to abnormal joint structure and a laxity of the muscles, connective tissue, and ligaments that would normally support the dog’s hip joints.

As the disease progresses, the articular surfaces of the two bones lose contact with each other. This separation of the two bones within the joint causes a drastic change in the size and shape of the articular surfaces.

This is a hip joint showing the results of hip dysplasia in Collies:

Most Collies who eventually develop hip dysplasia are born with normal hips, but due to their genetic make-up the soft tissues surrounding the joint develop abnormally. This leads to the symptoms associated with hip dysplasia. The disease may affect both hips, or only the right or left hip.

The symptoms of hip dysplasia in Collies cause afflicted dogs to walk or run with an altered gait, similar to a bunny-hop. They begin to resist any movement that requires full extension or flexion of the rear legs. They will experience stiffness and pain in their rear legs after exercising and on first rising in the morning. Climbing stairs becomes difficult if not impossible. Some dogs will limp and are less willing to participate in normal daily activities, including walks they formerly enjoyed.

It appears that the amount of calories a dog consumes, especially during its fast-growth period from three to ten months, has the biggest impact on whether or not a dog genetically prone to hip dysplasia will develop the disease.

Obesity can increase the severity of the disease in dogs that are genetically susceptible and the extra weight will intensify the degeneration of a dog’s joints and hips. Dogs who are genetically prone to hip dysplasia and also are overweight, are at a much higher risk of developing hip dysplasia and eventually osteoarthritis.

Exercise can be another risk factor. Dogs genetically susceptible to hip dysplasia may have an increased incidence of the disease if they are over-exercised at a young age. Moderate exercise like running and swimming is best for exercising young dogs.

Prevention

Because hip dysplasia in Collies is primarily an inherited condition, there are no products that can prevent its development.

Through proper diet, exercise, and a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System, you can slow, and sometimes halt, the progression of these degenerative joint diseases while providing your dog with relief from its pain. Winston’s provides many of the raw materials essential for the synthesis of the joint-lubricating synovial fluid as well as the repair of articular cartilage and connective tissue.

You might also want to consider providing your dog with an orthopedic bed like the Canine Cooler Bed which distributes the dog’s weight evenly and reduces pressure on its joints. The Canine Cooler Bed uses revolutionary SoothSoft Technology to give your dog the very best in comfort, and the fluid-enhanced design offers a dry, cooling effect with superior cushioning and support. It’s perfect for dogs with hip dysplasia or arthritis.

There are different assumptions on how to prevent the progression of hip dysplasia in Collies. Poor nutrition, inadequate or improper exercise, and increased body weight may all contribute to the severity of osteoarthritis after the hip dysplasia has developed. Watching the calories your puppy or young dog consumes and preventing obesity in your dog, allowing only non-stressful types of exercise, and a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System, are the best things you can do for your pet Collie.

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.

Can Hip Dysplasia be Prevented? (Hip Dysplasia In Dogs – Part 4)

This is the fourth part of our 4-part series “Hip Dysplasia in Dogs”.

In this last part we’ll focus on how to prevent hip dysplasia. Can hip dysplasia be prevented?

⇒ Part 1: ‘What Is Hip Dysplasia in Dogs – Causes & Symptoms’
⇒ Part 2: ‘Diagnosis And Treatment Of Hip Dysplasia’
⇒ Part 3: ‘Hip Dysplasia And Your Dog’s Weight’.

Hip dysplasia is a widespread condition that chiefly affects large breeds of dogs like Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepards, and Great Danes. But it can affect other breeds too. Most of the times, hip dysplasia can be prevented in a pet dog if you are careful when selecting a dog from a breeder.

Prventing hip dysplasia in dogs. Can hip dysplasia be prevented?

Preventing hip dysplasia through selective breeding

There is a strong genetic link between parents that have hip dysplasia and the incidence in their offspring. Osteoarthritis of the hips is the result of degeneration of the joint caused by hip dysplasia.

The best way to prevent hip dysplasia is through selection of offspring whose parents and grandparents have been certified to have excellent hip structure.

When it comes to preventing hip dysplasia, researchers agree that careful breeding is of utmost importance in avoiding this debilitating disease in dogs.

Selectively breeding of dogs with no known hip problems in their lineage can significantly reduce the incidence of their offspring developing hip dysplasia.

However, breeding two dogs with no hip joint problems doesn’t always guarantee that all of the offspring will be free of the disease, but it results in a much lower rate of occurrence than if two dogs with poor hip joints were bred together.

If all breeders were responsible and only bred dogs with excellent hip joints, hip dysplasia would be less likely to occur. And if people purchased only pet dogs and puppies that had parents and grandparents with excellent hip joints, then the majority of the problems caused by hip dysplasia would be eradicated.

If you are considering buying a pet dog, the best way to lower the possibility of ending up with a dog that develops hip dysplasia as it gets older is to examine the incidence of hip dysplasia in the dog’s lineage. Try to obtain information on the parents and grandparents going back as many generations as possible.

What if my breed of dog is prone to the development the disease?
Can hip dysplasia be prevented?

If your breed of dog is predisposed to the development of hip dysplasia, there are several theories on how to prevent its progression.

  1.   Poor nutrition;
  2.   inadequate or inappropriate exercise;
  3.   and increased body weight

all contribute to the earlier onset and the severity hip problems.

It then becomes vitally important that you follow healthy recommendations for exercise and nutrition.

Adding a quality supplement to your dog’s diet such as Winston’s Joint System will add a new-found vitality to your dog’s life, make him more alert, and greatly relieve his pain.

Winston’s Joint System is an all-natural formula developed by a Naturopathic Doctor to heal his own pet dog. For over 30 years, this long-proven formula has been giving relief from pain and stiffness to all breeds and ages of dogs. Winston’s provides many of the raw materials essential for the synthesis of the joint-lubricating synovial fluid as well as the repair of articular cartilage and connective tissue. This formula has helped more than 20,000 dogs suffering from hip problems.

Because hip dysplasia is primarily an inherited condition, there are no products that can prevent its development. Through proper diet and exercise, you can slow, and sometimes halt, the progression of these degenerative joint diseases while providing your dog with relief from its pain.

Before choosing a particular dog as a pet, you owe it to yourself and to your prospective loving companion, to investigate its lineage for any diseases the dog may be predisposed to.

As the years progress and you and your dog have become ideal companions, the last thing you’ll want is the heartbreak of having to put your loving dog to sleep because it is suffering too much pain.

When the film Love Story came out way back in 1970, the most quoted line from the movie was “Love means never having to say you’re sorry”. Consider those words when choosing your pet dog. Check out its lineage and be sure you’re not setting yourself up for disappointment, regret, and sorrow in the future.

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.

Hip Dysplasia And Your Dog’s Weight (Hip Dysplasia In Dogs – Part 3)

This is the third part of our 4-part series “Hip Dysplasia in Dogs”.

How important is your dog’s weight if your pet is suffering from hip dysplasia?

⇒ Part 1: ‘What Is Hip Dysplasia in Dogs – Causes & Symptoms’
⇒ Part 2: ‘Diagnosis And Treatment Of Hip Dysplasia’.

The degree of pain and discomfort for a dog with hip dysplasia is affected by the dog’s weight and one of the best things you can do as a responsible pet owner to support your pet’s health is to maintain its recommended weight.

If you feed your dog a good quality food** in an amount appropriate for its size, breed, and normal activity level, and –here’s where it can get tough– keeping those doggy treats to a minimum, you can make its life a lot more comfortable if it’s suffering from arthritis or hip dysplasia.

Exercise is also important in helping a dog maintain his proper weight, or to lose excess weight if it’s already overweight.

The correct type of exercise should provide a good range of motion and muscle building while taking care to limit the amount of wear and tear on the joints.

Taking your dog on frequent walks and slow jogs will help maintain an acceptable exercise level. You must judge how severe its hip dysplasia or arthritis is and how it’s affecting everyday movements before determining the proper level and frequency of exercise.

Surprisingly, if you give your dog too little exercise it can prove to be more harmful than too much exercise.

Also, the wrong type of exercise can result in more harm than help. Any exercise like playing Frisbee or running to catch a thrown object, can be a lot of fun for a dog, but it is extremely hard on its aching joints if it has hip problems.

Daily exercise is critical in order to keep the dog’s joints as limber and muscular as possible. Try warming the muscles before going on a walk by rubbing them gently, concentrating on the rear hip joint or joints that are affected by hip dysplasia or arthritis.

When a dog has hip dysplasia, the joint wears abnormally and the protective cartilage on the surface of the joint gets worn away and the result is painful bone-to-bone contact. Giving your dog an all-natural supplement like Winston’s Joint System, will help heal the cartilage and lessen the pain.

The symptoms of hip dysplasia and arthritis always tend to worsen with changes in the weather.

If your weather turns cold and damp, it helps to keep your pet warm. If your weather is too hot, as it is in the summertime in many places, try keeping it cool with the Canine Cooler Bed.

The Canine Cooler Bed uses a revolutionary SoothSoft Technology in a fluid-enhanced design for a dry, cooling effect with superior cushioning and support. It’s perfect for dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia.

Giving your dog a massage may sound a bit strange but it will help relax his stiff muscles and encourage a good range of motion in his joints. Remember, your dog is in pain, so start slowly and easily in order to build his trust. Begin by gently kneading the muscles around his joints and gradually begin massaging the surrounding muscles. Five minutes or more of massage will go a long way towards helping him with his pain.

And lastly, if your dog must go up and down stairs, you can ease the pain associated with this by installing a ramp for him to use when needed. These can be purchased ready-made, or a visit to your local Home Depot or Lowe’s will provide you with both the materials and advice needed to make your own custom ramp.

Learn more about hip dysplasia in dogs in Part 4:
Can Hip Dysplasia Be Prevented?

 

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.

Hip Dysplasia in a Golden Retriever named Wotan – Part 5

This is the last part of our 5-part series “Hip Dysplasia in a Golden Retriever named Wotan”, the true story of Wotan, a Golden Retriever suffering from hip dysplasia.

Wotan’s recovery went much better than I could have ever imagined. He is his old good self again!! Oh, and he loves Kosher Pickles…

Wotan may have hip dysplasia but he sure loves Kosher Pickles.

Pickle dog and restaurant excitement

Wotan is his good old self again

Wotan and I live in Palm Springs, California where we are lucky to have many restaurants with outdoor patios where Wotan is welcome to lie at my feet while I enjoy a relaxing lunch or dinner. Obviously he can’t go inside the restaurants because he’s not a service dog.

It’s still quite warm during these hot summer months but the outdoor patios often have misters that cool the air and lower the temperature about 10 degrees, even when it’s a 100 degrees or more in the shade.

Last week we visited one of my favorite places, a Thai restaurant owned by a woman and her two daughters who came here several years ago from Thailand and opened the restaurant. Of course, Wotan and I sat outside on the outdoor patio, and with the misters it was quite comfortable. Before I ordered lunch I asked to change tables because the sun was shining directly into my eyes and I was given a table under a big shady umbrella.

At the table next to us sat two orthodox rabbis dressed all in black. That’s not an uncommon sight here but I noticed them because they were sitting directly in the hot sun and I wondered how they were able to handle the heat dressed like that.

I ordered a tropical iced tea and the waitress brought Wotan a bowl of fresh, cold water. Inscribed on the bowl were the words “For our four-legged customers”.

I was halfway through my tasty Pad Thai when one of the Rabbis leaned over and said , “You have a beautiful dog, Sir.”

I thanked him and continued eating my salad.

“How old is he?”

I didn’t immediately realize that the Rabbi was speaking to me again. “Oh, he’s going to be 13 in October”, I answered.

“Really,” said the Rabbi. “He looks very healthy for a dog that old. I have a brother who has a Golden Retriever also.

“That poor dog has been having a lot of trouble with his hips – arthritis, or hip something or other – I can’t remember for sure. His dog has lots of problems just trying to stand up, and he limps badly when he walks. The dog has trouble with both of his rear legs. The vet gave him a prescription drug of some kind, but the dog seems to be getting worse.”

“He probably has hip dysplasia like my dog”, I said.

“Hmm, sounds similar to what my brother called it. But you must be joking with me about your dog not being well!

“I noticed him when you first came in and he sure doesn’t look like he has anything wrong with him at all! He looks very healthy – especially for as old as you say he is.

“He jumped right up when you changed tables.”

I told him that Wotan did indeed have and that he had suffered terribly with it for more than a year. I said he used to take a lot of time just standing up and also lying back down – like an old man with arthritis. He seemed sad all the time and he wasn’t able to go on walks and do the things he always enjoyed like riding in the car, jumping up on my bed and watching TV with me.

“I wish my brother’s dog could get better like yours has. That dog is number one in my brother’s house. His wife and kids love that dog to death and that’s what makes it so hard when the poor animal struggles to get up and down and has lost all interest in playing with the kids or going out for walks with my brother or his wife.”

“Your brother could probably get the same results with his dog that I have with Wotan,” I told him.

“I found some natural supplements online at a place called DogsHealth.com. The product is Winston’s Joint System and it was developed by a doctor who needed to cure his own pet dog and couldn’t find anything safe and effective to help the dog so he decided to formulate his own.

“Once I started giving my dog those supplements he started getting better even in the first week. And now he doesn’t have any problems getting up and down.

“Tell your brother to go online and find DogsHealth.com and order the Winston’s Joint System. It works. Here’s living proof right in front of you.”

“I thank you for the advice. I will tell my brother when I visit with them tomorrow night. By the way, does your dog like kosher pickles? My brother’s dog loves them.”

I said, “ I don’t know as he’s never had one, but he loves to eat just about anything.”

“Would it be alright if I offered him a pickle?”

“It’s okay with me. If he likes the smell of it he’ll eat it.”

The Rabbi offered Wotan the pickle and he scarfed it down.

“He sure seemed to like that,” said the Rabbi. “Can I give him another?”

“I don’t think he’d say no. Actually, he’s fixated on your other pickle right now. Just be careful he doesn’t chomp on your finger. When he really likes the taste of something he gets a little too eager to eat it.”

The Rabbi got up from the table, lifted the kosher pickle in the air and Wotan jumped up and swallowed it in one bite. The Rabbi smiled and said, “You are a good pickle retriever and you know kosher when you taste it, don’t you.”

The couple at the table on the other side of me were watching the entire pickle transaction and they enticed Wotan to come get their kosher dills too.

Soon Wotan was flitting from table to table eating one kosher pickle after another. As he ran from one table to the next the waitress tripped over him and dropped a tray filled with two bowls of noodles.

That in itself was not a crisis except the noodles went all over Wotan’s back. I would have expected him to freak out at that but instead he calmly started licking them off every part of his body he could reach.

This brought cheers and clapping from some of the other customers and someone shouted, “Bring that dog a martini!”

I was horrified and offered to pay for the dishes, heck I was ready to DO the dishes after the chaos Wotan had just created. The waitress kept apologizing profusely but it wasn’t her fault and I told her I was very sorry for the mess.

Meanwhile, Wotan was having a heyday, going from table to table where he was being offered shrimp, bites of hamburger, and more kosher pickles. I paid the bill, apologized to everyone and hurried out the door; me feeling guilty, and Wotan looking fat and happy with a bellyful of yummy foods.

I know Wotan and I will be going out to eat together again and even though I really love the food there, I think we better wait a while before trying that particular restaurant again. At least until they clean the noodles off the floor!

Do any of you have a favorite restaurant where you’re allowed to take your pet? Let us know the name and the city, I’m sure the restaurant owners would appreciate the mention.

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.

Hip Dysplasia in a Golden Retriever named Wotan – Part 2

This is the second part of our 5-part series “Hip Dysplasia in a Golden Retriever named Wotan”, the true story of Wotan, a Golden Retriever suffering from hip dysplasia.

First results after treating Wotan with Winston’s Joint System.

Hip dysplasia in a Golden Retriever is an all too common problem for aging Goldens –and sometimes for young dogs under two years of age. This is what happened to my Wotan too.

30 days later…

Now just one month after Wotan started treatment with Winston’s Joint System formula, he is a different dog altogether. I began giving him Winston’s formula the same day I received it.

I am thrilled to report that Wotan is definitely improving.

He can get up and down with far more ease than he could before he started taking the supplements. He no longer has to back out of a narrow space to exit but is able to make a U-turn and go back head-first the way he came.

He is so much more alert and back to his old ways of acting as if I haven’t fed him in days whenever he finds me in the kitchen. Food has once again become a real big deal in his daily life.

I feel like I have my old friend back again! We take a leisurely walk once a day now and when it’s time for breakfast and dinner (or even when it’s not time) he’s raring to chomp down on whatever I have in my hand that looks and smells like food. He seems ravenous enough to eat anything and everything I have in my refrigerator.

His eyes have cleared up and they once again have that beautiful brown ring surrounding the dark pupil that gives him that loving, sad look that Golden Retrievers are noted for.

He is acting more alert than he has been in more than a year!

What’s important to me is that he’s regaining the good health that he enjoyed for so many years before his hip dysplasia changed his life for the worse. He no longer collapses when he stands up or goes for walks.

He’s still a little hesitant sometimes about lying down and uses a little caution in settling down for a rest. Sort of like us when we’ve broken a bone or hurt ourselves and try to take it a little easy until we get used to being whole again. Hip pain in a Golden Retriever is a serious problem and is caused by hip dysplasia or arthritis.

I am so happy to see him get up and walk around with ease again and a few times I’ve seen him get up so fast it looks like he levitated – this usually happens if he spots one of his treats in my hand.

He sleeps and rests like all dogs do, but when he’s ready to go, he’s really ready! There’s no holding him back when it’s time to eat, relieve himself or embark on a nice little stroll. And I’d better be ready when he is or I get one of those “what’s the matter with you, mister” looks from him.

The Winston’s treatment continues

I am faithfully giving him Winston’s Joint System formula for his hip dysplasia, once in the morning and then again at his evening meal. I am careful to follow the instructions that came with the supplement. Since he’s a large dog he requires two tablets at each meal.

I also bought Winston’s Pain Formula at the same time I bought the Joint System and I give him one tablet of that each day, sometimes two a day if he looks like he’s suffering a little more that day.

His overall health is improving rapidly and I can see that he’s regaining his strength and mobility little by little.

I will keep you updated about Wotan’s progress and hopefully his continuing recovery from the pain and suffering he had endured for over a year before I discovered Winston’s Joint System formula. Hip Dysplasia in a Golden Retriever was something I never anticipated.

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.