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Health Problems in Dogs - Hip Dysplasia and Bloat

Hip dysplasia and bloat are two serious health problems that are a threat to large and giant sized dogs.

Just like people, dogs have some serious health issues and diseases that they are susceptible to. Hip dysplasia and bloat are two serious health problems that are a threat to large and giant sized dogs.

Hip dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a very common in dogs, especially the larger more popular breeds. It is a disorder where the hip does not fit properly into the socket. It is a genetic condition that is usually passed from parents to puppies. This condition can show up as early as puppyhood or appear later in life when the dog is several years old. If left on treated this condition can be crippling. Treatment includes major surgery and physical therapy. Perspective owners looking to buy a puppy that is from a breed known for developing this ailment should buy from a breeder who only breeds OFA certified parents. This does not completely guarantee that the puppy will not develop the ailment, but it decreases the chances significantly. When a dog is OFA certified it means that X-rays were taken of their hips and sent to the Orthopedic Foundation of American where they were checked to ensure there were no sign of the disorder. A good breeder that breeds for the betterment of the breed will get their dogs checked before breeding to ensure that they are not breeding puppies who will inherit this disorder. Through proper screening hip dysplasia could be decreased immensely in dogs.

Owners of large dogs should be watchful for the signs of hip dysplasia. They includes; stiffness upon awakening, limping or favouring one leg, pain when back legs are extended, disinterest in play, behavioural changes, difficulties laying down and arising, difficulties jumping and choosing to sleep alone. Breeds that have the highest risk of developing hip dysplasia are; Rottweillers, Labrador and Golden Retrievers, Saint Bernard, Dobermans, Great Danes, German Shepherds and Mastiffs.

Bloat: Bloat primarily affects large breeds, particularly those with deep chests. It usually occurs right after eating or drinking. The dog’s stomach swells with the food, water and/or internal gas and seals itself off. The stomach may suddenly flip over or twist. This can cause death if it is not treated immediately. Treatment entails surgery. Even with surgery, 25-30% of dogs still die from bloat. Older dogs are more susceptible to bloat than younger dogs. Dogs over seven years old are twice as likely to develop it as dogs aged 2-4 years old. The easiest way to prevent bloat is to feed bloat-susceptible breeds several small meals daily instead of one big one. They should not be given exercise or water with in hour or two of eating. It is also known as "stomach torsion," or "twisted stomach". Breeds that are in most danger of developing bloat are; Irish Wolfhound, Borzoi, Great Dane, St. Bernard, Irish Setter, Bloodhound, Scottish Deerhound and the standard Poodle.

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Comments (2)

Poor things.

K. Booker

My sister had a Rottweiler also named “Dakota” which she had to put to sleep because of hip dysplasia. He was pathetic at the end. It was very sad. I have however found the secret; read on. Don’t be like so many today that have to put their best friend to sleep prematurely due to this disease. Pain in dogs as they age due to hip dysplasia is a significant problem. It does seem to be a worse problem in pure bred large animals, but can occur in any size dog. They can either have very expensive surgery or try and live with it. Glucosamine/Chondroitin did not help my lab. I did however find a great product called SerraPup which is a serrapeptase formula and works very well in fighting the arthritic symptoms that these poor dogs have. It is inexpensive and works in most without the GI symptoms encountered with anti-inflammatories like ibuprophen. Try it for yourself and see if you do not see significant improvement in your pet’s symptoms within 2 weeks. One of the nicest things is they can take it for long periods of time without adverse side effects.

PS-I got carried away and almost forgot to tell you how I found SerraPup. Go to: http://painindogs.com/ , click anywhere on the page and you will be directed to the site with all of the information. Sorry.

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