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Hip Dysplasia

Ashley asks,
I would like to prevent hip dysplasia in my 1 1/2 yr. old doberman girl, Lady, as best as I can. We maintain her weight which is generally 65-70lbs. What vitamins or supplements would you recommend we give her to maintain a healthy life?

Dr. Sabrina Walters responds,

Dear Ashley,
Hip dysplasia in dogs is caused by both genetic and environmental factors. The single best thing you can do to prevent hip dysplasia is to keep her slim and fit. It sounds as though you are already aware of this and keeping her on a proper diet and at a healthy weight.
There is no direct evidence that vitamins or supplements prevent hip dysplasia in healthy dogs. However, joint supplements such as glucosamine or injectable glycosaminoglycan products like Adequan are safe and could be started at any age to protect the joints and slow the progression of arthritis. Omega 3 fatty acids in the form of fish oil are also good supplements for dogs. Keeping Lady active and feeding a good diet to keep her at her ideal weight should keep her healthy and reduce the chance of developing hip dysplasia and other joint issues. We want to see Lady live a long and healthy life as well and we look forward to seeing her each year!