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How Canine Massage Can Be of Benefit to Dogs with Dysplasia

Although I think most people are familiar with dysplasia, I thought it might be of use to just review what it is.  Hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia are the common terms used to describe the abnormal development of the respective joints. Both hip and elbow dysplasia are inherited conditions. Hip dysplasia is due to abnormal looseness between the ball (femoral head) and socket (acetabulum) that form the dog’s hip. When these two structures do not fit snugly, they rattle around, eventually deforming the bone and causing arthritis and pain.  Elbow dysplasia is described as the abnormal development of the elbow joint which comprises the upper and lower foreleg bones, the humerus (above the elbow) and the radius and ulna (below the elbow). Dogs with elbow dysplasia have one or more inherited developmental defects.

As the joint develops, problems in the cartilage or bone arise as the joint is unable to move normally.  When joints can’t move normally wear and tear on the joint begins to occur and degenerative joint disease or arthritis will develop. This causes pain and discomfort which usually manifests as lameness.

Once your dog is diagnosed with dysplasia, whether hip or elbow, canine massage therapy can help.   Canine massage can:

Dysplasia, hip and elbow, will lead to degenerative joint disease (osteoarthritis), a long term condition. Canine massage therapy is a form of drug free pain relief that has helped dogs cope with the discomfort of these conditions and has given them a better quality of life. With proper exercise and conditioning routines, weight control to keep a dog lean and regular massage therapy, dogs can continue to be active and comfortable.