Vet Care For Hip Dysplasia
Hip dysplasia can be a devastating reality for any dog family. It can be debilitating painful for our canine pal and heart-wrenching for us to watch. Therefore, the team here at Prospect Park Animal Clinic in Brooklyn wants to share important information about this crippling condition. This way, we can work together to develop an informed and proactive vet care plan to ensure your dogs are happy and healthy.
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a condition that can occur in any dog of size. The hip joint is a ball-and-socket joint that works in unison to move each leg. When this joint functions well, your furry animals are able to run and play with great ease. However, when hip dysplasia emerges, the ball-and-socket joint is no longer properly aligned, and grind against each other. Over time, the hip joint will deteriorate and eventually fail to work normally, causing severe pain for our canine buddies.
- Apparent pain or stiffness
- Decrease in speed, activity, or range of motion
- Difficulty or unwillingness to get up, walk, jump, run, or climb stairs
- Appearance of a lame joint or loose hindquarter
- Grinding sound when joint moves
How Our Brooklyn Vet Team Can Help
Large dogs benefit significantly from specially formulated foods that support a healthy rate of growth, which can prevent a host of joint issues, including hip dysplasia. By choosing an appropriate diet plan with our vet care team, your dogs can develop joints at a normal pace, preventing serious challenges as they age.
As our pet families know, our veterinarians also urge proper exercise for every animal as obesity can place excessive stress on our furry friends’ joints. One of our skilled vets can discuss an optimal diet plan and exercise program for your animals to keep them in great shape, reducing the risk for hip dysplasia.
We offer various supplements to help alleviate the symptoms of hip dysplasia. Canine glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are the ones most commonly used, and these are available at the Prospect Park Clinic’s on-line pharmacy. For our canine companions with more advanced hip dysplasia, our expert vets may suggest surgery to help ease the pain.
Contact Our Veterinarians for Vet Care
If your beloved canines display any of the above symptoms of hip dysplasia, please don’t delay to call our veterinarians for treatment. The sooner your pets can receive vet care, the sooner your furry canines can enjoy a long and happy life. Call Prospect Park Animal Clinic in Brooklyn at 718-768-6125 to schedule an appointment.