This blog post will explore CBD oil and hip dysplasia in dogs. Before we dive in, let’s get a better understanding of what causes this disease, how to see the early signs, as well as various therapies and treatments currently available.
What is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia in dogs starts as a defect in the coxofemoral (hip) joint of dogs, often part genetic although it can also be influenced by environmental factors such as repetitive high impact exercise or high protein diets for large breed puppies as well.
If you look at the ball and socket joint of the hips in the x-ray above, you will see that the hip socket is more open than the ball of the leg bone, allowing for the femur to shift around. This is typical of hip dysplasia in dogs. This slack creates friction that leads to pain and inflammation at the site of this joint.
Which dog breeds are most likely to be affected?
More often than not, hip dysplasia is a problem that affects large breed dogs such as German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Great Danes, and many mixed breed dogs 50 pounds or larger. Even though it can be present in small and toy breeds, the symptoms are often much less severe because these dogs are putting less weight on the hip joints.
Many responsible breeders regularly screen their dogs for signs of hip dysplasia once they reach maturity and before breeding. Despite this, it remains one of the most common causes of canine disability.
What are the causes of hip dysplasia in dogs?
The causes of hip dysplasia in dogs are a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Beyond responsible breeding, hip dysplasia cannot be prevented. However, there are some things owners can be aware of to help mitigate the effects of hip dysplasia. According to the AKC, owners should:
* Feed large breed dogs specialty diets made just for large breeds and in accordance to the appropriate life stage. This prevents growth rates that are too rapid too allow for the proper formation of the hip joint in early development.
* Maintain a healthy weight for your dog since excessive weight increases wear and tear on all of the joints and can badly exacerbate the progression of hip dysplasia.
* Large breed dog owners should be wary of excessive high impact exercise such as jumping and running. Low impact exercise is still vital to maintaining muscle mass and overall fitness.
* Large breed dog owners may want to discuss delaying spay/neutering with their vet as there is some evidence to suggest early spay/neuter may interfere with proper bone development and higher rates of hip dysplasia.
* Early screening for dogs particularly prone to hip dysplasia can help you work with your vet to make sure you are doing all you can to support your canine companion as they age.
How can I tell if my dog has hip dysplasia?
Early detection of this degenerative condition is important. It allows you to make good decisions with veterinary guidance to support your canine as they age. Here are a few symptoms of hip dysplasia to be on the lookout for:
* Decreased levels of activity
* Lameness in the hind quarters
* Uneven gait, often described as a “bunny hop” gait
* Loss of muscle in the hind quarters and/or gain of muscle in front shoulders
* Narrow stance
* Pain, stiffness, loss of mobility
* Looseness or grinding in the hip joints when back legs are manipulated
* Final diagnosis is usually done with an x-ray
What are the traditional treatments for hip dysplasia in dogs?
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs):
Due to the fact that the symptoms of dogs with hip dysplasia include pain and inflammation in the hip joint, the most common pharmaceutical drug prescribed are NSAIDs such as carprofen, meloxicam, firocoxib or deracoxib.
While these drugs are very effective at reducing inflammation, there has been some concern raised by some research about the dangers of these drugs, particularly when used long-term. Side effects can include serious gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, renal damage, and even death from renal failure. If your dog is older or has other conditions such as auto-immune related problems, these drugs may be particularly dangerous.
Another option for some dogs, particularly younger dogs affected by hip dysplasia, is surgery. Depending on your dog’s particular situation, there are actually different surgical procedures that may be recommended by your vet, including:
* Juvenile pelvic symphysiodesis (JPS)
* Triple pelvic ostectomy (TPO)
* Total hip replacement (THR)
* Femoral head/neck ostectomy (FHO/FHNO)
Typically, vets will also recommend supplements designed to support joint health by boosting the health of the cartilage that acts as a bit of a cushion in the joint. For example, glucosamine chondroitin, Omega 3 fatty acids (such as from fish oil), and even injections of a supplement known as Adequan which can have better absorption than oral joint supplements.
In addition to supplements, another way to make a big improvement in your dog’s quality of life is to provide some physical therapy, low impact exercise, or even acupuncture to help manage pain. If your vet is not familiar with these techniques, consider finding a holistic veterinarian in your area who has more expertise in these types of natural treatments for hip dysplasia.
Can CBD Cure Hip Dysplasia in Dogs?
No. CBD oil is not a cure for this unfortunate debilitating and progressive disease. CBD oil will not change the underlying structural problems in the hip joint that cause hip dysplasia.
However, many vets and pet owners alike are turning to CBD oil made from hemp as part of a comprehensive treatment plan for hip dysplasia in dogs. Let’s take a look at why:
CBD oil has been shown to have strong anti-inflammatory properties in numerous studies. In fact, one study on rats with arthritis showed that the anti-inflammatory action of CBD oil helped to block pain as well as slow the progression of this degenerative joint disease. And, a clinical trial on dogs with arthritis showed significant increase in mobility after treatment with a full spectrum CBD oil made from hemp at a dose of 2mg/kg twice daily. Thus, CBD oil may be part of natural pain relief for dogs with hip dysplasia.
In their report, the researchers also acknowledged the need to find safe alternatives to NSAIDs in the treatment of pain and inflammation in dogs due to the concerns about the side effects of these drugs, particularly for older dogs and those with pre-existing digestion issues or kidney problems.
CBD Oil for Dogs with Hip Dysplasia: Talk to Your Vet
A full spectrum CBD oil made from hemp such as LolaHemp (see here) may help you find a natural way to provide pain and inflammation relief while also avoiding the side effects and dangers of some of the prescription medications that have become a “go-to” for treating inflammatory related diseases in dogs. Of course, it is important to discuss using this product with your vet since it can interact with some other medications, and other alternatives such as surgery do need to be fully evaluated.
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