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I have a 2 year old Boykin Spaniel that was checked for hip dysplasia . Both his parents have a GOOD OFA rating. None of his other siblings are unknown on there hip rating. My question is how is this possible for my dog to have a moderate to severe rating of hip dysplasia? And what would you suggest as a form of treatment when the time comes to treat him? He shows no signs of affecting his activities yet.

Smartliving Guest asked this
February 21, 2016 at 9:53 AM



Dear John,

There are genetic and environmental influences that influence hip dysplasia. There are some things I would do now. I hope this will lessen the degree of dysfunction that might come later. I would feed a grain free diet and the protein source I would choose depends upon whether your dog tends to be on the warm side or the cool side, seeking a temperature preference. You would want to avoid a food that is an allergen to your dog. I would also give PROBIOTICS, Vitamin C, and OMEGA 3,6,9. Giving a joint supplement that contains Glucosamine and Manganese is also helpful to provide building blocks. I would also give ARTHRO-IONX for a few months to help utilize the supplements better.

I would also consult with a veterinary chiropractor. Having the spine and hips in proper alignment makes a positive difference in minimizing deterioration of the joints. Acupuncture can help as well.

Please let us know what changes you notice.

Best regards,

Dr. Char

Dr. Char Wilson, DVM Health Coach answered
February 22, 2016 at 11:14 AM
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