I don't have much experience with animals as clients, but recently I decided to try massaging my sister's 90-lb lab. He limps around quite a bit due to severe hip dysplasia in his left hip. A few months ago, he tore his right ACL and even though both legs hurt I think it hurt him less to put his weight on the left side until his right knee healed, which I'm sure exacerbated his hip pain. He absolutely LOVES the massages and has started begging for them every time I visit and is even better than my human clients at telling me when the pressure is too much!
My question is on whether there is any specific technique someone can share with me in helping with HD? Any supplements that would help? Any tips at all? I feel so bad for the pup because he can't get as much exercise as he needs and it's so sad to watch him limp around when he's hurting.
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Wasn't looking to fix. I know it's usually just treated and expensive to cure with a low success rate. All I'm looking for is actual massage techniques that benefit the conditionLadyNiko wrote:Yeah, you can relieve the symptoms of hip displaysia, but to fix it, usually requires really expensive surgery. It's a problem that's not un-common in labs due to years of careless breeding.
Massage techniques that I use concentrate on bringing nutrients to the joint, as well as muscle lengthening with effleurage (from full hand to thumb or fingers). The whole body needs to be worked because as you already know the whole body compensates for an injury...and when the gait is unbalanced, etc. I spend time working the shoulders, spine, pelvic girdle area and legs.
I have gone the gambit with supplements. Mainly, I use organic herbal supplements now (grown and blended by local herbalists if possible) that plump up and nutrify the soft tissues, as well as contain anti-inflammatory properties and pain management (if she shows pain behaviors). I also give her 1200 mg of fish oil per day. On occasion, I'll give her glucosamine and chondroitin if I can find one without a ton of additives or MSM (which she seems sensitive to). I have also used Dasuquin joint supplement with success which was recommended by the Vet.
Diet is really important, as well. I do a combination of home-cooked, The Honest Kitchen dehydrated raw, and premium kibble (human-grade ingredients).
Hope some of this is helpful!