Rocky’s Viewpoint

Rockys Viewpoint

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How Massage Therapy Can Benefit Dogs with Dysplasia

Although I think most people are familiar with dysplasia, I thought it would be good to 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 and socket that forms the dog’s hip. When these two don’t fit snugly, they rattle around, eventually deforming the bone. Elbow dysplasia is described as the abnormal development of the elbow joint.

With any type of dysplasia, the joint isn’t able to move as it normally should. When this happens, wear and tear on the joint begins to cause joint disease or arthritis. Symptoms of dysplasia range from mild discomfort to pain to lameness.

Once your dog is diagnosed with dysplasia, whether it’s hip or elbow, massage therapy can help.   Canine massage may

Dysplasia will lead to degenerative joint disease, a long term condition. Canine massage therapy is a gentle form of drug free pain relief that has helped many dogs cope with the discomfort brought on by 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.