Hip Dysplasia in Labradoodles

Hip Dysplacia, Labradoodles, Joint Problems

Hip Dysplasia in Labradoodles. What can you do to help your dog. A common problem in Labradoodles and Labradors.

 

Poor Dexter has had some trips to the vets in the past few weeks.

Dexter had an Xray a few years ago and we discovered that he had hip dysplasia , quite common in Labradoodles. In dogs, hip dysplasia is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that, in its more severe form, can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. It is a genetic (polygenic) trait that is affected by environmental factors.

We were told that it shouldn’t get too bad and he has been on Synoquin for a few years now. The medication really seemed to work, but the past few weeks he has been limping really bad and not putting weight down on his back right paw. Before this started happening he had an infection in his paws and had a course of antibiotics for 3 weeks. We had some blood tests done as a base line measurement, because the new medication for his hips cab cause side effects. The new medication is Metacam oral suspension for dogs.

The thing that upsets me the most is, we loved taking Dexter for long walks and he loves running on the beach. But we have since discovered that he is good on his walks, it’s just at night his legs seem to get stiff, bless him. He’s only eight and we hope this problem doesn’t get too bad.

His leg seems to be worse at night and after doing some reading up on this found that it is quite a common problem in Labradors too. We massage his legs at night and he seems to enjoy this but it’s pitiful watching him walk upstairs at night. I would give a million pounds to fix this. Well one of the best things you can do for your dog is put them on a diet to help ease the pain, but it’s difficult for him to lose weight when he has been going on shorter walks. Well it turns out that exercise is good as long as they don’t doing anything too energetic like jumping up for a frisbee. Fat chance of Dexter jumping for a frisbee, food yes, but frisbee no.

Well has now on his diet and lost about elk last tim he was weighed, but he does seem to be losing the weight more now. The food we got him is a special diet food Royal Canin Veterinary diet food and cost £55 for a 14kg bag. Funny enough my partner and I are on diet too at the moment. The blood sugar diet. A couple of our friends lost a stone each in about 5 weeks. I am hitting the gym hard so not sticking strictly to the diet, but the snacks I am eating are low in fat and high in protein.

Dexter starts his new medication and we will see how he gets on. Fingers crossed.

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Hip Dysplacia, Vets, Labradoodle, Dog friendly

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