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Hip Dysplasia In Dogs
Hip dysplasia in dogs is a very painful condition which is most commonly seen in larger dog breeds such as Labradors, Newfoundlands and Saint Bernards but it can also happen to any dog or breed size.
A dogs hip joint works as a ball and socket but sometimes the ball and socket do not fit correctly or they may not develop properly, so instead of a smooth glide your dog will experience very painful rubbing and grinding which can greatly affect their quality of life.
Signs Of Hip Dysplasia In Dogs
- ‘Bunny hopping’ – running with both back legs moving together
- Difficulty getting up and lying down
- Painful hips
- A wobbly or swaying walk
- Difficulty jumping or going up or down stairs
- Less interest in walks
- Skinny hips – a sign of small, weak muscles in the back legs and hips
- Some dogs, with a mild form of the condition, won’t show signs until they are much older and have developed arthritis of the hips.
Options for hip dysplasia in dogs There are a few out there, from holistic therapies, as a last resort there would be an option for surgery, but each case and each dog is entirely different.
You can however, ensure your dog with has best support and comfort possible by providing them with an orthopaedic dog bed. This will support their body weight and take pressure off their hips so they can have a more comfortable sleep.
What Is An Orthopaedic Dog Bed?
High end orthopaedic dog beds are typically made from solid memory foam which supports aching joints and relieves pressure pints in the most sore areas.
Please be sure to properly measure what size bed you need for your bed before purchasing as you can’t always go by the breed size recommendations as they aren’t always accurate for your dog. See our sizing guide HERE
There is no real cure for joint problems but you can definitely help make your dogs quality of life more manageable with an orthopaedic dog bed.
See our range of high quality Orphorpadic dog beds HERE