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by Maureen Ryan
9/3/2012 12:00:00 AM
MedicationsVeterinarians may recommend giving your pet asprin or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) to reduce inflammation and relieve pain. You should talk to your veterinarian before giving your pet any non-prescription NSAID since these should not be used if your pet is on certain other medications or has some pre-existing conditions, If your pet is suffering from severe hip dysplasia and advanced arthritis, your practitioner may prescribe a painkiller such as Rimadyl for dogs.Some veterinarians also recommend glucosamine and chondroitin supplements to help strengthen your pet’s connective tissues. Examples of compounds include Joints Feeling Healthy for dogs and Arthogen for cats.SurgerySurgery is usually reserved as an option for large, older dogs and cats that don’t respond to other treatments. The most common surgical procedure used to reduce the pain associated with hip dysplasia is removing the head of the femoral (thigh bone), which is the ball part of the hip’s ball-and-socket joint. The muscles around the bones should be able to keep the remaining bone structure together so there will be little loss of functionality. The affected limb may be slightly shorter, but your dog or cat should still have normal range of motion and will be able to run, jump, and move freely without pain.This information is for informational purposes only and is not meant as a substitute for the professional advice of, or diagnosis or treatment by, your veterinarian with respect to your pet. It has, however, been verified by a licensed veterinarian for accuracy.
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