Make sure that your dog is lean
The easiest thing is the hand test. So you want to fill your dog's ribs which are located right behind your dog's front legs, and you run your fingers along them and they should feel like a washboard. They should feel like the back of your hand if the ribs feel like the palm of your hand right. You can't feel them anywhere then your dog is too heavy and you need to talk with your veterinarian about helping your dog lose weight. If the ribs are sticking out or they feel more like your knuckles, then your dog is too thin and you need to talk to your veterinarian about how to appropriately feed your dog.
Do low-impact exercise
Control dog’s pain levels
Using non-slip mats and rugs on slippery floors can help your dog move around the house without worrying about slipping. Placing non-slip carpets at the bottom and top of stairs and near sofas and beds will help reduce joint pain in dogs by reducing the impact on joints.
Do Physical Therapy
The most commonly used drugs to help joint pain caused by hip dysplasia are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), however, it is important to note that NSAIDs (such as carprofen) can have significant side effects that must be monitored closely. Supplements like glucosamine and chondroitin can help prevent articular cartilage from breaking down, which can also relieve pain.
Other potential treatments include acupuncture and physical therapy, such as hyperthermia. Heat therapy can reduce anxiety in dogs and effectively relieve joint pain. Application of low-level heat can play a part in pain management in the dog with hip dysplasia. A heating therapy brace can easily be used at home or in practice, and is best applied to the soft tissues rather than directly over a painful joint for optimum results, as it has been demonstrated that heat therapy provides pain relief, reduces muscle spasm and increases soft tissue elasticity. Remember that treatment often needs to be adjusted over time, so be sure to follow your veterinarian's recommendations for follow-up visits.
Dog hip braces, such as Petietec heating therapy brace , provide support and stability to minimize pressure on dog joints and allow for post-surgical healing or pain-free exercise. Braces come in all sizes so you can find one that is perfect for your pet and allows for maximum support. For puppies and younger dogs, the more quickly they are treated the better the outcome. We recommend bracing combined with exercise as early as possible to slow down the progression of the disease.SHOP NOW >