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Collagen Powder for Service Dogs

Service dogs are earth's furry angels.
They provide their human companions with years worth of service, loyalty, love, and support. When service dogs have ill health, they only deserve the BEST solutions.

One of the major health afflictions service dogs are at risk of, is hip dysplasia.

What is hip dysplasia in service dogs, how can it be identified, and how can it be prevented or treated? We answer some of your questions below.
What Is Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a skeletal health condition where a dog's hip socket and ball joint have become degenerated or didn't form properly during developmental stages. The condition causes the hip joints to rub and grind together, rather than gliding smoothly. Over time, the hip joints can become so degenerated that your dog may experience difficulty or even pain when walking or moving around.

Certain dog breeds are more prone to hip dysplasia.

Service dogs, who are usually larger breeds who are very active, are especially at risk of this EXTREMELY painful condition. However, any dog can be at risk of developing hip dysplasia, so the breeds are merely a guideline.
How Can It Be Identified?
Certain common signs to look out for that possibly point to hip dysplasia include (note: this is not a comprehensive and complete list, and your dog might show unique signs that she's suffering from hip dysplasia):
  • Difficulty with basic movements like getting out of bed, jumping or walking;
  • Limping or lameness;
  • Narrow stance;
  • Aversion to touch;
  • Inactivity in a usually active dog;
  • Loss of muscle mass;
  • Other signs of pain or discomfort. If you suspect that your dog might have hip dysplasia, you need to immediately take her to the vet for a checkup. Your veterinary practitioner might perform a physical examination, where she tests for mobility. But the definitive test to determine whether your dog is suffering from hip dysplasia is to have x-rays taken.
Prevention And Treatment
As hip dysplasia is a degenerative condition, you can't prevent it. However, you're able to assist in the symptoms and even slow down the degenerative process.

The first thing you need to understand about your service dog, is what her nutritional needs are at her different developmental stages. Larger breed service dogs need a diet that will prevent excessive growth when they are still young, as excessive growth rates could put a strain on the bones and worsen conditions like hip dysplasia.

Obesity in dogs puts a lot of strain on their bones and joints, so take care that your dog is eating a proper diet and does the appropriate physical exercises to ensure that she's at an optimal weight for her build and breed.

Unlike wild dogs, service dogs don't have access to gelatin from eating cartilage, tendons and skin. Health Nut provides a pure gelatin powder, which is an amazing collagen supplement for not only service dogs, but all companion animals as it repairs and builds cartilage and strengthens ligaments, tendons and muscles that are weakened by hip dysplasia and other conditions and health and lifestyle factors.

Another way our gelatin powder assists hip dysplasia in service dogs is thanks to its potent anti- inflammatory qualities. One of the main ingredients in our gelatin powder is proline, an amino acid that prevents inflammation, and could assist in easing pain caused by hip dysplasia.

What are some of the remedies you've tried in treating your animals' hip dysplasia?