There’s not much better a sight than a big, happy dog galloping like a small horse across a field. Conversely, there are not many sights more heartbreaking than a dog that can hardly walk or stand due to painful, crippling hip dysplasia. For many breeds of dogs, hip dysplasia is a sad inevitability. But, that doesn’t mean that your dog cannot be treated and made whole again. By visiting a Houston veterinarian who practices animal chiropractic care, you can get your beloved pet up and running again in no time.
Hip dysplasia is one of the most common ailments suffered by large dog breeds. It also commonly leads to very debilitating forms of arthritis, which will make running, walking, or even laying down in certain positions an absolutely excruciating experience for your pet. In a normal hip joint, the rounded head of the femur fits snugly into the acetabulum, or socket. Both the femur head and the socket are covered by a protective layer of cartilage. The body mass index of many large breeds of dog, however, coupled with an inferior amount of muscle mass in the pelvic area, causes the femur head to fit very loosely in the acetabulum. In some cases, the head of the femur is misshapen, so that it is not perfectly round and therefore fits only partially into the socket. As the protective cartilage is broken down by these conditions and tries to regenerate itself, the joints become inflamed and swollen. Once a joint is compromised, it is more susceptible to future injury. Symptoms of hip dysplasia include abnormal gait, resistance to exercise, and general stiffness.
Animal Chiropractic: A Safe Alternative
There is many a Houston veterinarian who practices special forms of chiropractic care designed specifically to treat animals for hip dysplasia and other problems with joints, muscles, and nerves. A lot of pet owners prefer this form of treatment because it is non-invasive. Instead of subjecting your canine to painful and dangerous surgeries, an animal chiropractor simply manipulates the spine and other key areas in the musculoskeletal system in order to correct any pain your pup may be experiencing. One of the best parts about chiropractic pet care is that it requires no medications or strong painkillers. You won’t have to trick your dog into taking its medicine, nor will you have to worry about any strange side effects of chemical dependency that your dog might experience while under the influence of strong medication. If your dog is suffering, do the right thing and take it into a vet who practices animal chiropractic. Your dog will get the treatment that any best friend deserves.
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