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And as a puppy...
A week old
With his littermates
12 weeks old Prank's mother, Flit
Playing ball with his father, Pesto
Prank's hip x-ray at 23 months of age (above). He has severe hip dysplasia.
For comparison, here is an x-ray of nearly perfect hips.
Check back often for updates and the latest information on supporting joint health in arthritic or dysplastic dogs.
Prank's Support Program
To minimize the effects of his hip dysplasia, I have devised the "Prank Program." This includes management of his diet, appropriate supplements, physical therapy, and chiropractic treatment including low level laser therapy. Below is the simple version of this program -- more details to follow.
Prank eats a natural diet. This includes fresh raw meats, with bones, as well as premixes containing meat, vegetables, and ground bone from Oma's Pride. He also gets Honest Kitchen products, especially when we are travelling. He loves bananas and other fruits, as well as sweet potatoes. He also enjoys anything he can steal off the counter when I'm not looking!
Prank's supplements include GlycoFlex III, alternating with Vetri CMO. He also receives an omega 3 fatty acid supplement in the form of salmon, fish, or krill oil. He receives a daily vitamin and mineral supplement.
Prank works on a Pezzi egg ball. We learned this technique from Debbie Gross Saunders, one of the foremost canine rehabilitation experts. Ball exercise builds strength without pounding arthritic joints.
Prank receives VOM adjustments and laser treatment on a maintenance schedule to keep his body functioning optimally.
Adequan & Hip Dysplasia
Research done at Cornell University's Baker Institute for Animal Health prior to 1990 investigated the hypothesis that administration of Adequan (gylcosaminoglycan polysulfates) would lessen the signs of incipient hip dysplasia. The dogs in the study were Labrador Retrievers, bred from dogs of normal and dysplastic hip conformation. Adequan was administered twice weekly, from 6 weeks of age to 8 months of age. The results indicated that early treatment of susceptible pups reduced signs of incipient hip dysplasia.
At the time of this study, oral joint support products were not readily available. Given the easy availablility of a variety of products shown to improve arthritic joints, it seems reasonable to supplement dogs during growth, especially in breeds in which hip dysplasia is a problem. In certain situations, use of Adequan injections may be appropriate.
Effects of intramuscular administration of glycosaminoglycan polysulfates on signs of incipient hip dysplasia in growing pups. George Lust, PhD, Alma J. Williams, MS et. al. American Journal of Veterinary Research. Volume53, Number 10. October 1992.