I Have a 13-year-old Border Collie with Hip Dysplasia in his Rear Right Hip. He Also Has Arthritis in Both Hind Legs and Struggles to Keep his Footing, With His Back Legs Splaying at Home. What Should I Do?
It sounds like your Border Collie could do with a little more support, it would be good to look at the following:
- Joint supplement
- Hip brace
- Anti-slip socks
Giving your dog a joint supplement will help slow the progression of arthritis and reduce joint pain. Supplements which include glucosamine and chondroitin support joint health and reduce arthritic symptoms. In addition, research has shown that foods which provide high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, can help decrease inflammation also. Weight management is important also, a healthy body weight is crucial to reduce stress on arthritic joints and minimise inflammation and damage. It is worth also speaking to your vet for some professional advice on whether it might be appropriate to prescribe anti-inflammatories and/or painkillers to help to reduce symptoms also.
A specialised hip brace can be a really helpful way to support your dog when they have a hip. It is important to remember that a brace will not cure your dog’s hip dysplasia however but by supporting the joint it can help stabilise the hip joint and alleviate any joint pain.
Here at Zoomadog we have two different hip braces appropriate for dogs with hip dysplasia. The Orthodog Hip Brace and the Balto Life hip brace. These braces can help to stabilise your dog’s hips and lower back area, reducing pain caused along the back and hips and allowing your dog to walk more comfortably for longer. Suitable for whatever your dog normally likes to do, including swimming.
Hip braces improve the quality of life. It stabilises and warms the hip articulation, reduces the pain and boosts the muscles activity avoiding atrophy and increasing the bond between the femur head and the acetabulum. It is appropriate for active dogs of all ages who suffer from arthritis, mild to moderate hip dysplasia, decreased endurance during activity, hip pain, low back pain or weakness and back leg limping.
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In addition, we strongly suggest you get rubber, anti-slip socks or boots for your dog, this gives them improved traction, especially on wooden or slippery floors and helps prevent their legs from splaying, which can be painful. There can be found here https://zoomadog.co.uk/collections/socks
Keeping your dog’s environment warm is important for alleviating joint pain from osteoarthritis in hip dysplasia. It is also important that your dog has a comfortable bed, which will support their joints, see our orthopaedic dog bed here. Providing a well-padded and warm bed will help alleviate some of the pain associated with osteoarthritis.
Read more about Dog Hip Dysplasia Causes, Prevention and How to Help at home https://zoomadog.co.uk/collections/dog-hip-dysplasia-braces-signs-and-treatment
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