Hip dysplasia is a very common condition among large breed dogs. It brings pain and inflammation, and makes for a very miserable existence for your dog. They avoid any activity that increases the pain, which can lead to other problems as well. Read on to learn what hip dysplasia is, what causes it, and how CBD oil can help.
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a skeletal malformation that is quite common in large breed dogs. Genetics are key, but it can also be aggravated by diet or environmental factors. The ball and socket of the hip joint in dogs with hip dysplasia, did not develop properly; they do not fit as they are supposed to and as a result, the joint grates and rubs instead of allowing a smooth action. Over time the joint deteriorates and the joint becomes unstable, causing inflammation, arthritis, pain and a loss of mobility.
Causes of Hip Dysplasia in Dogs
Hereditary factors play a large role in hip dysplasia. Large breed dogs, such as Labrador or Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd, Great Dane and Saint Bernard, are the most affected, but hip dysplasia can show up in smaller breeds as well.
Diet and exercise can aggravate the condition, especially when the bones of the puppy are developing. If a puppy grows too quickly, its joints may not form properly. Accordingly, puppies should not be overfed and their diet should not contain an excessive amount of calories, protein or calcium.
While exercise is necessary for a puppy’s healthy development, excessive exercise, especially on inclines or stairs should be avoided while the puppy’s bones are still developing. Injury can also contribute to hip dysplasia.
Signs of Hip Dysplasia
While the condition becomes more debilitating over time, it can affect puppies as young as 5-6 months old. In the older dog, hip dysplasia is usually accompanied by osteoarthritis. As well, over time, because the dog compensates for the pain in their hips by using their spine or knees, problems in these areas can show up as well. Symptoms of hip dysplasia may vary depending on the level of inflammation and the degree of joint damage but can include:
- A hip-swaying gait, with legs close together and appearing to “bunny hop” when running
- Difficulty getting up, lying down, jumping, running or climbing and descending stairs
- Lameness, dragging hind legs or a limp
- Decreased activity in general
If you suspect hip dysplasia, a veterinarian can diagnose it by manipulating and testing the joints to see how loose or stable they are, if there is reduced range of motion, any grinding sounds or obvious pain. Blood work can determine levels of inflammation. A radiograph or X-ray will show the actual degree of degeneration, informing treatment.
Traditional Treatments for Hip Dysplasia
Surgery, hip replacement, or medication are the most common treatments. Whether surgery is the best route or not depends on the dog’s age, overall health, the severity of the condition, as well as your finances.
Your vet will probably prescribe anti-inflammatory medication or suggest nutritional supplements such as glucosamine to support the joint’s cartilage. Lifestyle modifications such as weight management and switching to forms of exercise that are gentle on the joints, like swimming, can be a big help in reducing stiffness and the stress on the joints.
CBD Oil to Reduce Pain and Inflammation
CBD oil is extremely effective at reducing inflammation and pain. It does this by interacting with the endocannabinoid system (ECS).The ECS is responsible for communication signals between the body’s cells, organs, central nervous system and the brain with the goal of maintaining homeostasis. As a result it has far-reaching effects on many of the body’s processes, with implications for inflammation and pain relief.
While CBD oil won’t cure hip dysplasia, it can make your dog’s quality of life infinitely better, reducing the pain so they can move with more freedom. The pain that comes with hip dysplasia can have a domino effect. The dog doesn’t want to move, their general health deteriorates, their weight increases, which makes the symptoms worse and so on. Controlling the symptoms can slow down the progression of the condition, and that is where CBD oil can provide a big boost.
At Pi-CBD we’ve created a CBD oil product specifically for your large breed dog, for pets over 30lbs, formulated from pesticide free, non-GMO hemp and without any THC which can be harmful for pets. Our CBD oil for dogs products include information on proper dosage.