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How to Strengthen the Muscles of Dogs with Hip Dysplasia.

You might have a dog experiencing difficulty and pain in moving and walking. When there is deterioration in the dog’s hip muscles these are usually the symptoms of it. The condition is called hip dysplasia. WE can definitely help our dogs with hip dysplasia. Here are a few tips on how to help your dog that is experiencing hip dysplasia.

Hip dysplasia can occur in dogs of any age. There are some who already have this condition as young as five months old. One of the signs of hip dysplasia is a slight bunny hop. Hesitating to go up and down the stairs is also a sign of this condition. Getting up is difficult and you can see that there is deterioration in their gait.

Dog owners might wonder what causes hip dysplasia. It can be genetic and it can also be environmental. There are dogs that are born with this condition, but others develop it as they mature, with varying reasons. A throwback gene in an offspring can cause it to have hip dysplasia even if breeders make prenatal adjustments. Some of the environmental reasons for having hip dysplasia are body development, exercise regime, and rapid gain weight.

Hydrotherapy is one of the ways to strengthen the muscles of your dog with hip dysplasia. Hydrotherapy is a form exercise for dogs with hip dysplasia to help them strengthen their muscles. It will not be difficult for you to find a center offering hydrotherapy for dogs. Facilities have swimming pools where dogs can swim, and they have treadmills where dogs can walk while their legs are under water. This type of dog rehabilitation is very safe. The pain your dog experiences in its body can be relieved with these forms of exercise.

Massaging your dogs hip muscles is another way to help relieve the symptoms of hip dysplasia. Massage can strengthen and gives life to the muscles. There are specialized massage therapist for dogs have hip dysplasia. If you have the ability and patience to do so, you can massage your dog’s muscles yourself. You can use the time that you are massaging your dog a time of bonding for both of you. Massage helps relieve stiffness in a dog’s muscles. The result of this would be a better range of movement for your dog.

You can also support the muscles affected by hip dysplasia by giving your dog the right bedding. The best bedding your can purchase is a memory foam bed which you can simply lay out in the dog’s favorite spot. The memory foam bed would be very comfortable inside your dog’s wooden dog house. If you want to soother your dog’s muscles and minimized pressure in it, then it is best to give your dog a memory foam bed. You dog will have a more relaxed body with this.