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Description: Hip dysplasia is a hereditary degenerative joint disease affecting the hip joint, which is a ball and socket joint at the top end of the thigh bone (femur). Large and medium sized dogs are more prone to hip dysplasia. Hip dysplasia occurs when the ball (femur) no longer snugly fits into the hip socket, causing stress on the joint. Eventually the stress leads arthritis / degenerative joint disease. Some common symptoms to watch for are: your pet is less active, stiffness first thing in the morning, avoids or has difficulty with stairs, difficulty getting up or lying down or sitting straight, limps after exercise, light clicking popping sound from hip area.

Genesis Resources Canine Re-Flex 3
- $ 56.99
The four stages of Re-Flex are recommended to support a dog's healthy hip and joint function, from puppies to seniors.
Contributing factors: Hereditary influences play a major role in hip dysplasia but experts do not know how many genes are at play. Larger breeds are more prone to hip dysplasia. Feeding your puppy a dog food too rich in protein could make your pet susceptible to hip dysplasia. Obesity and free feeding also promotes hip dysplasia. Puppies jumping off of stairs and high places could put your pet at risk for hip dysplasia as well as other hip injuries.

Herbal Treatment: Some herbs that may form part of a formula are: Arnica provides triple action as an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and a pain reliever and is helpful in treating injuries and tissue trauma. Alfalfa is not just for horses. It is rich in minerals and vitamins and stimulates the immune system. It is also a blood purifier and helps to detoxify the body. Andiroba has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to promote proper circulation to the skin. It also relieves pain and swelling. Ashwaganda is an ancient herb used to vitalize and rejuvenate. It is also calming to the nervous system. It also has naturally occurring steroids. Boswellia is known to reduce inflammation and pain in osteoarthritis.

DGP for Dogs and Cats
- $ 39.99
Formulated to provide your dog or cat with the ultimate in joint relief. A blend of herbs and shark cartilage supports degenerated joints and connective tissues. Help your pet be active and mobile again!
Homeopathic Treatment: Homeopathics are medical formulas based on a theory of like cures like and highly diluted quantities of medicinal substances are given to cure symptoms.

Essential Oils:
Every essential oil has a unique and distinctive fragrance which stimulates the immune system, body and emotions in a precise way. The essential oils are diluted with a carrier for delivery because they should not be used in concentrate form. Carriers range from sweet almond oil to watermelon seed oil, each possessing individual healing traits. Essential oils are purposefully matched with individual carries to achieve a specific result. Some essential oil formulas may contain the following essential oils for this disorder:

Flower Essence Impatiens helps to relieve pain. Holly is for fast occurring illness. Beech for dogs with joint disorders.

Reiki or other types of therapeutic touch is beneficial. It has been our experience dogs respond positively to the healing human touch. Zheng Gu Shui

Nature's Herbs for Pets Joint Relief for Dogs
- $ 39.99
Natural remedy to relieve symptoms of severe discomfort from normal everyday exercise to help support and other joint/disc problems.