As many of you may know, Zeus suffers from dysplasia.
The First & Foremost thing that I can do to help Zeus with his dysplasia is control his diet, and feed him natural foods that will help ease & slow down the progress of symptoms.
Please also remember that overfeeding your puppy – or feeding your puppy a diet with too high of a concentration of protein (in order for muscle to grow as quickly as possible) has been proven to increase the risk of dysplasia. Your aim should be to allow your puppy to grow gradually and always remain lean throughout their lives.
Depending on the breed of your dog you can find ‘ideal weight’ statistics online – or you can ask your vet.
Dysplasia means an “abnormality of development” and it is hereditary – although environmental factors can make the condition worse or better.
Many large breed dogs such as Labradors, Rottweilers & mastiffs are prone to developing elbow and hip dysplasia. In the most simplest terms; dysplasia occurs when the three bones that join at either the elbow joint or the hip joint don’t fit together properly. This causes a lot of friction, and a lot of pain for the dogs – the pain can be witnessed through the dog starting to limp.
Zeus started limping at 7 months old which is abnormally young – usually most dogs don’t start to experience symptoms until they are 3+ years old.
Some argue that humans are to blame for the sharp increase of dysplasia cases over the last few decades – and I would probable be one of them. Particularly Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Bulldogs & St Bernards are being bred to be as big as possible – because humans have decided that they are more favourable this way .
In-breeding and bad breeding has caused a lot of pressure on the joints and on the dog’s bone’s general health. Dogs with dysplasia are very prone to bone cancer, and various other bone related ailments.
Although there is no cure for dysplasia, and it is almost 100% guaranteed that dogs with dysplasia will develop osteoarthritis at some stage in their lives, there are many things that we humans can do to slow down the rate of progression, and also alleviate symptoms when they do surface.
I very much believe that the FIRST & MOST IMPORTANT STEP to consider is your dogs diet & there are many awesome natural herbs and foods that you can feed your dog that will help.
I mix Omega 3 (natural high quality fish oils) and Turmeric in almost all of Z’s food on a daily basis. After a lot of research and speaking to Z’s vet – these two natural supplements have the most effective benefits to dogs suffering from dysplasia.
Turmeric is my favourite and the one I would recommend immediately; it truly is one of those natural miracle herbs that has endless positive health benefits for canines but also for humans. Amongst many other things, it is a natural anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever.
Other important things to consider:
- Make sure your dog stays at his or her ideal weight. Excess weight will put more pressure on the joints.
- Since Zeus was a puppy, I have mixed natural joint supplements into his food as prescribed by his Vet – this was even before he had any symptoms. To be honest, who knows how much effect they had because he developed dysplasia anyway. However, I would still recommend them – there is absolutely no harm in trying.
- If you own a breed that is prone to dysplasia (or any breed in my opinion) DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG PROCESSED DOG FOOD THAT YOU CAN BUY AT THE GROCERY STORE. I cannot emphasise this enough. They are disgusting, they are horrid – there is absolutely nothing good about them at all and they will do absolutely nothing for your dog except shorten your dog’s life span.
- Speak to your Vet and together decide on a Dog Food that would be most appropriate for your dog, and that has all the right vitamins and nutrients that your dog to help improve bone development.
Living with a dog suffering from dysplasia can be heartbreaking and painful for both dog and owner – as could there be anything worse than seeing our pets in pain?
Zeus and I however are examples that through diet, natural supplements, and weight control the progress of dysplasia and pain can be managed.
So Happy Munchin’ all you little Munchkins 💋
Love, Z & A 💜