Alternative Therapies for Hip Dysplasia in a Dog

If you've been around dogs for any amount of time, you've probably heard of hip dysplasia. Any legit breeding pair of canines has to get tested for this degeneration because it can be so devastating if it passes on to puppies. Technically, hip dysplasia is considered to be an extreme form of arthritis caused by inflammation and genetic make-up. In times past, a diagnosis of hip dysplasia was similar to a death sentence to your dog. Thankfully, these days vets are more willing to attempt to treat the issue. Unfortunately, the go-to is usually hard hitting medications that deteriorate the body. Many are turning to natural remedies instead to go up against this potentially debilitating condition.


As with most ailments, catching them early on gives your pup a better chance of dealing with the issue. Hip dysplasia is degenerative, which means that any damage that occurs is usually permanent. The hip joints form incorrectly, and then as the dog ages he or she starts to have more and more leg mobility issues. With proper use of natural remedies, some owners have actually been able to restore some life back into their dog’s legs. Here are some natural methods that can help relieve the problem:

  • Supplements Using daily supplements can seriously reduce the symptoms of hip dysplasia, or any other form of arthritis. Some of the best to use are glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. These work together to improve joint function. They also can prevent or at least slow down the damage being caused by the condition. You can add them into your pooch's food or put them in cheese, peanut butter or some other tasty treat!

  • High Quality Diet Any inflammation in the body causes hip dysplasia to worsen. By removing trigger foods from your dog's diet, you can reduce how debilitated your doggo is. It's hard to find a pre-made dog food with no problem ingredients, so you may want to look into making your own. Raw diets that are balanced have had some success in alleviating the problems associated with hip dysplasia. Foods that make inflammation worse are eggplants, peppers, potatoes and any kind of filler carbs.

  • Physical Therapy Working the affected joint(s) regularly can increase your dog's mobility. A physical therapist will help you to do just that! They will perform exercises and stretches to improve joint function, and will likely give you and your pup some homework activities as well. Acupuncture has shown some promise in restoring joint function, although it is very important that you carefully select who performs it. Massage therapy is another great way to soothe sore hip joints and repair some of the internal damage.


Your best bet when dealing with hip dysplasia is to come at the problem on multiple levels. By using more than one method of treating your dog's hip pain, you're more likely to see a bigger improvement. If your fur-baby suffers from this difficult disorder, please do not breed them. All info points to this problem being entirely genetic, so passing it on only worsen the issue. But don't despair if your dog is diagnosed with hip dysplasia. These days dogs with this problem are living longer, less painful lives than ever before!

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