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Q: My dog has hip displaysia

April 3, 2008 | By Bonnie G. | 5 answers | Expired: 2294 days ago

I have an 8 year old lab mix who has hip dysplasia. Our vet told us not to exercise her because it could cause more pain and strain on her. Well, we listened to our vet and now she's very overweight. We went to another vet and he said that was wrong advice and the weight gain is even worse for her. Does anyone have any recommendations on how much to exercise her, if this is good for her, and so on?

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LexieAngelsMom
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Apr 04, 2008

My dog has hip dysplasia and arthritis. My vet recommends walking regularly for as long as she'll go. He says that if I don't keep walking her, she'll stiffen up and be much worse. She also tends to gain weight easily, so keeping her as active as possible helps with the weight problem. She is also on glucosamine and pain medication.

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Sara S.
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Apr 03, 2008

take her for long, slow walks. exercise doesn't mean she has to run. also try aqua exercises

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Danewillow
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Apr 03, 2008

Don't ask your vet what kind of food to put her on. They'll recommend Science Diet or something else that has a ton of fillers like corn and peanut hulls. Reduce the amount of food you're giving her instead. If she still seems hungry, you can add canned green beans to her food. It acts as a healthy filler. Swimming is a great exercise for dogs with joint problems.

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Joanna
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Apr 03, 2008

I agree. Speak with a few vets if necessary - there are some constants when it come to veterinary medicine, but there always those issues in which there are a million sides, so which one do you choose? I would recommend water therapy as well - it promotes mobility while being low-impact.
www.caninewatertherapy.com/links.html

At age 8, your Lab still has a few years left, so I would take a look at her food and put her on a diet to enhance her lifestyle. Take a peek at my take on Authority Harvest-Baked here on the site. I wouldn't really recommend a special "Lite" or "Indoor" food, they usually just add more corn or fillers to it.

Best of luck to you and your Lab!

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Jill R.
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Apr 03, 2008

Hip dysplasia is a very serious disease, it sounds like everyone is telling you something different about your particular case. In general, animals with hip dysplasia have problems exercising because it can be so painful for them. However, if they are overweight, that makes walking painful for them too. I would recommend speaking to your veterinarian again and ask what types of exercise your dog can do. Maybe she's a candidate for hydrotherapy and swimming. Also, your veterinarian can give you a plan for weight loss, if she has a few extra pounds. And, don't forget, there are some surgical procedures that can help. Ask your vet about those or even have your vet refer you to a specialist in your area for their expert advise. Go

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