Last Modified on Jan 12, 2014
Hip Dysplasia is a condition that causes an abnormal development of the hip in which the hip joint rubs against the socket. This condition can cause severe pain for your dog, inflammation and bone deterioration. In very severe cases this problem will cause the hip to actually slip in and out of place.
Hip Dysplasia can begin to develop at a very early age and will cause symptoms such as lameness, walking with an abnormal gait, and difficulty in getting up from a sitting or lying down position. There are many breeds that are more prone to the condition. Here is a short list of some of those breeds; Alaskan Malamute, Cocker Spaniel, Blood Hound, Border Collie, Bouvier, Bullmastiff, Collie, Chow Chow, Dalmatian, Doberman Pinscher, Springer Spaniel, German Shepherd, Short-haired and Wire-haired Pointers, Golden Retriever, Great Dane, Great Pyrenees, Irish Setter and Wolfhound, Labrador Retriever, Newfoundland, Old English Sheepdog, Saint Bernard, Samoyed, Siberian Husky, Standard Poodle and Weimaraner. Of course there are many more and it is important that when you decide upon a particular breed of dog that you find out whether or not they are prone to the problem. There is no actual cure for hip dysplasia and once an animal has been diagnosed with it you can certainly opt for medical or surgical treatments, but there is no real guaranteed outcome.
The best way that you can fight hip dysplasia is to work on preventing it. First of all make sure that your pet is exercised regularly and maintains a healthy weight; obesity in your dog will only exacerbate the problem further.
Secondly, it is widely believed that a regular Vitamin C supplement will help to prevent or at least slow down the progression of hip dysplasia in your dog. It is important to start your puppy on vitamin C as early as possible and even before it has been weaned when you can. Hip dysplasia will begin to develop immediately and can be literally crippling to your pet even before they have reached one year of age.
Use vitamin C with sodium ascorbate or another form of buffered vitamin C, as plain ascorbic acid may cause an upset stomach.
Use the following daily dosage guide when supplementing with vitamin C.
For un-weaned puppies (Use the vitamin C pediatric drops or tablets that you would use for humans)
Small - Medium breeds
For the first ten days use 50mg, and then from ten days until weaning use 100mg.
Large - Giant breeds
For the first ten days use 75mg, and then from ten days until weaning use 150mg
After the puppy is weaned, switch to the powdered form of vitamin C. For the next 6 months very gradually increase the dosage until you arrive at the recommended dose.
Small breeds 250mg
Medium breeds 500mg
Large breeds 1,000mg
Giant breeds 2,000mg
Adult dosages: From six months on you will want to gradually increase vitamin C dosages until you arrive at the recommended dose for adult dogs.
Small dogs 500mg - 1000mg
Medium - Large dogs 1,000mg - 2,000mg
Giant dogs 2,000mg - 4,000mg
[YEA] 04/28/2007: Deborah from Swansea, SC: "I previously wrote some negative feedback about coconunt oil...but I now stand corrected. despite the bad side effects, the flu or food poison symptoms, and yep, I even gained weight at first. After suffering with IBS all my life, I have finally found a cure. I continued to take the VCO even after being sick with it and even gaining weight... I went to my Dr. this past Tuesday and told her I was on it. My blood pressure was a little high, but she told me the VCO was not causing it and she has never heard anything negative about it. she told me that my thyroid was enlarged, but I am sure it was like that before I took the VCO..I started on 2 capsuls today, after being on 1 for the last 3 weeks. my weight is starting to slim down some...my appetite has been cut in half...I have energy, the bumps on the back of my arms, are all but gone...my severely dry skin is now soft..my hair is better too. but the main thing is my IBS is cured...I have tried everything under the sun, and this is the only thing that has had this kind of results. and my large bulldog had severe hip problems, I give him 2 glucosomene and one coconut capsul every day. he is so much better..I took him walking today for the first time in a long time. we have always had him on glucosome but we have never had this kind of result, my dog also had bad side effects at first, and I stopped for a while, but he only got worse...he is just so much better now...its amazing. I don't know if coconut oil is for everyone, but I am a firm believer in it now, yes the side effects are bad at first, but be patient it gets better."Replies
04/16/2011: Judy from Central, Nc replies: "Deborah, My doberman has hip D. I give her Virgin Coconut Oil that I get at the health food store. I cook with it, eat it myself daily, and give it to my dogs. I bet it would be cheaper that was too and more pure.
One suggestion, if I may. From your symptoms I highly recommend you find a specialty Dr. who would do a Provoked Urine Challenge Test. This test will show toxic heavy metals that can cause everything you are plagued with. You will be amazed at what they will find and once you start to detox you will feel the world of difference. It's not cheap but what is your good health worth when these things are killing you slowly?"
05/13/2013: Scott Krauss from Newman Lake, Wa replies: "I have not tried the EVCO on my dog but will from now on. My wife and I use it all the time. MSM is suppose to work on dogs as well and I hear that Magnesium Oil is very very good for the Hip Displasia. My dog is 11yrs and I hate to see him suffer, We have lots of stairs in our house, I try to limit him to only the shortest sets of stairs. Love this site, you all are awesome!"
Exercise and Hip Dysplasia
01/12/2010: Btrant from Greer, Sc: "My 1 yr old labradoodle has hip dysplasia. I can feel her left hip popping when she walks. Can I walk her and if so, how often?"
01/12/2014: Ashlynne-zoë from South Africa: "hi there, I am only 13 I have A border collie who suffers with Hip D. I don't know what I'd do without this do she struggles to jump on my bed now. She went to aqua therapy for two years where they said she was fine. We had her on medication until her dose was finished It's been 3 years and she is suffering more than ever pls give me some suggestions answers anything I really need help! Regards Ashlynne"Replies
01/12/2014: Theresa from Mpls., Mn replies: "Hey Ashlynne-zo?!
Sorry to hear about the CHD in your BC :-(
First things first: stop making her jump and allowing her to do things that hurt her! Get some doggy stairs so she can climb into bed easier; put non-skid/non-slip rugs any place she has to jump down, such as right where she jumps off the bed or couch [also consider lifting her down to avoid making her jump in the first place]. Make sure the floors where she travels are not slippery; if you have wood floors this means rugs everywhere.
And as you likely already know; keep her nails trimmed super short. Keep her weight down so she carries very little fat on her body.
Many support CHD dogs with nutritional supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin; read up to see if this sounds right for your dog. Consider dosing the vitamin C recommended on EC.
Not sure what diet you are feeding, but always consider feeding a top diet to improve quality of life; read your ingredient label - there should be no corn or grains in the first 5 ingredients.
The one super expensive option is surgical hip replacement; it can and does work. Discuss with your vet your options; some will take a payment plan. Consider what you can do to raise funds [baby sitting, news paper route, garage sale ??] Consider approaching a veterinary school to see if you can get a discounted procedure if the surgery is performed by a student vet [this work is over seen by the certified vets]."
10/20/2012: Lin5335 from Cayce, Sc, Usa: "Have my german shepard mix 65 pounder on organic BSM 2T, ACV 1Tb, cold pressed Coc. Oil 1T, tumeric 1tsp... She's been on this for about 2 weeks. Getting up & down is hard for her but once she finally gets moving she has no problem running after the squirrels etc. Is this the best we can do for her? Any other suggestions. What about 500mg MSM?? She's 8 years old. She gets plenty of excersize."
07/30/2012: Jp from Wpb, Florida: "11 yr old male golden retreiver, no health problems, doesnt eat grain dog food. Just recently he's falling down with his legs sliding out from him. He 's been on tile floor most his life never had any problems. I checked his pads & trimmed them but no difference.
He takes fish oil & raw egg daily. No vaccines since 1 yr old or flea tick gel application. No heart guard since he was 3. Seems to be good health except his legs are acting really weird now with falling on the tile."Replies
07/30/2012: Lisa from Thousand Oaks, Ca, Usa replies: "Hi JP, We had a golden retriever a long time ago now. He was also about 11 when that started happening to him. He had hip dysplasia. This is not uncommon in this breed. It may be something you want to have checked. Wishing you the best, Lisa"
07/31/2012: 5 Pooches Home from Houston, Tx replies: "Have you tried giving him coconut oil? Need to get UNREFINED, COLD-PRESSED COCONUT OIL and add 4-5 BIG TABLESPOONS per day to his food.
Also try adding 1 big tablespoon of flax seeds and organic apple cider vinegar (for strength) to his diet.
You can also order some pure MSM powder and mix 1-2 tablespoon in his food and then lower the dose as he starts getting better. Do these 4 things to his diet and I bet he will be running soon!
Don't skip on COCONOT OIL - A MUST for every dog in this world but esp. old dogs."
09/04/2012: Pat from Montreal, Quebec replies: "Re raw eggs: Not good everyday plus egg whites causes problems esp over a period of time."
11/28/2012: Anodita from New Delhi, India replies: "My 11 year old golden retriever has hip dysplaysia and arthritis, and now has urinary and bowel incontinence :( Been giving her sepia and causticum homeopathic meds alternate days.. what else can i do?"
11/28/2012: Wendy from Columbus, Oh/usa replies: "To Anodita from New Delhi: Please read the other posts at this link. Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV), Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) and Turmeric can all be used in varying combinations to ease your Golden's symptoms.
Here are some other EC links:
08/09/2009: Claire Bennett from Belfast, Northern Ireland: "have a 6 year old dog with hip displacia and also suffers from colitis. he is on 2oml metacalm and 3 seraquin tablets a day and would like to put him onto something that is more natural to help with his soreness. his weight is light and gets 2 walks a day. your advise would be appreciated"
Traumeel and Zeel
[YEA] 03/19/2008: Jg from Dania, USA: "I met an alternative/homeopathic veterinarian who suggested I give my dog Heels Traumeel and Zeel for inflammation. I couldn't get the Zeel, but I did try the Traumeel and its like a miracle! I got it from Entirely Pets online.
My regular vet said she thought the recent pains and falling were due to inflammation and not the hip dysplasia so I tried the Traumeel and within hours he was walking straight up again! I hope it lasts!"
06/07/2009: Cathey from Mandeville, Louisiana: "Please help! My 1yr old Rottweiler has hip dysplasia I think. Vet wants to give Rimedyl @ I dont. I luckly found out about you. I want to try some of your suggestions posted here. I can't get the turmeric down her. Tried peanut butter, broth, mixing in yogert. Can anyone please help?"Replies
10/28/2010: Cubmom5 from Schertz, Texas, Usa replies: "After trying peanut butter, liverworst and all sorts of other disguises my husband suggested just throwing the pills in with the food. MOST of the time it gets woofed down without notice but we have several dogs so they have the competition thing going on. I usually reserve a little of the kibble and stand by the dish as the dogs eats. If he drops it onto the floor I just throw it back into the dish with the food and he eats it. Sometimes I use the extra food I have in reserve if there is not much left. My dog is eating 6 pills per meal, he eats twice a day so it has worked well for us. I don't think it would work with wet food, only the kibble."
01/09/2011: Bob From Hudson from Hudson, Michigan, Usa replies: "I give Tumeric to all my dogs... Usually once a week... I get the "Powder Form" and just sprinkle a little in their food... I use a kibble dog food and cover it with water... If need be you can mix it into the food..."
11/08/2011: Judye from Central Nc, North Carolina replies: "Something I learned about using Turmeric is for it to get absorbed into our bodies or our pets it MUST be mixed with Black Pepper. Otherwise it won't do much good. It takes the 2 together to work best. Just sprinkle some pepper with it next time."
[YEA] 12/30/2011: Kari from Manzanita, Oregon replies: "Tumeric works great for tumors and Hip D. But it only activates if using it with oil. I use coconut oil. I researched several different websites and have been amazed at the results. 1 tsp each added to my dogs food and on day 3 he was using his back leg again. He is a Lab mix but quit using it for 4 months. He repeatedly injured his hip playing frisbee so we had to stop that activity. Now he plays ball and cant tell anything was ever wrong!"
Turmeric, Apple Cider Vinegar, Molasses
[YEA] 07/09/2009: Syarosca from Elizabeth, PA : "I have a springer spaniel 13 years old - she has hip displaysia and could not walk at all. I had to carry her each and every time she had to go out because she could not climb stairs. After reading your web site I started to add 1 Tbl of black strap molasses, 1tsp of ACV and 1/8th tsp turmeric to her dog food once a day. After 2 days of feeding her this.She is like a puppy again, she has no problem what-so-ever going up and down the stairs! She is frisky and prancing around. She can even jump up on the couch again. I was so afraid that I would have to put her down and I prayed that I would find a way to stop the pain she was in. Your web site saved her life and answered my prayers also. Thank You so very much"Replies
01/24/2010: Marise from Near North Bay, Ontario, Canada replies: "I've tried your recipe and it doesn't seem to do anything to MY 2 dogs: 11 yr old Border Collie with hip dysplasia, and 6 yr old Beagle/Shepherd with slipped disc in neck. Please advise what I'm doing wrong??!! Thank u
My e-mail is email@example.com"
[YEA] 05/24/2007: Sunny from Solvang, CA: "When my male cocker spaniel was about 6 months old, symptoms of hip dysplasia showed up dramatically. In a very short time he was almost crippled. After praying (God is good!), I began giving him 2,000 mg. of buffered C daily. Within a few days, he was walking & running like a normal pup. When I discontinued the C, the symptoms reoccurred, so I kept him on it continually. He is 12 years old now, is quite healthy, and still walks/runs without a problem. He has an unusually healthy diet, including apple cider vinegar & other supplements, and he and his twin sister are incredibly young for their age!"Replies
[YEA] 08/09/2010: Ckavanagh from Roanoke, Va, Usa replies: "Just wanted to say how well vit C worked for my dog. He had suffered from hip dysplasia as well as a large tumor in his front right 'shoulder'. I began giving about 100mg's of Vit C (Calcium Ascorbate)3 times daily. Within 2 days, his improvement was dramatic. He started running again (he's 12 yrs old)and wanting to 'play' again. Not to mention how shiny his coat is. I increased his dose slowly to about 500mg's 3 times daily. When he got diarrhea, I backed off the dose a little until it stopped. This is backed up by studies done at 'The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah' by Vets, in over 100 case studies (they used Ester C). Although it doesn't 'cure' hip dysplasia, it allows the dog to lead a normal, pain free life, not to mention make them a much healthier animal."
02/26/2011: Robyn from Ojai, Ca replies: "Will this work for elbow displasia as well, for my 8th month year old basset hound?"
Vitamin C, Glucosamine, Acidophilus
[YEA] 09/23/2011: Kayla from Lufkin, Tx, Usa: "We have an 8-year-old hound/retriever/?? mix, about 40 pounds, who has hip dysplasia and was very stiff, couldn't run or jump, etc. My mom started him on a regimen of Ester-C, glucosimine, and acidophilous daily and over the couse of a week or so it made a HUGE difference. He can run, jump on on his hind legs, jump on furniture, etc. and his back legs are not swollen/deformed like they had been. This same sweet dog also has had horrible, horrible gas all of his life (we have other dogs, and of course they all have the toots, but this boy's gas is UNREAL) and the acidophilous has really helped with that."Replies
05/18/2012: Om from Hope, Bc, Canada replies: "Homeopathis arnica montana is excellent for the pain. Fed 1/2 teasp. Turmeric in warm oil over food. Only use olive or coconut oil. Organic blackstrap molasses provide the much needed minerals. Vit c will be most beneficial. Also feed green algae products.
Turmeric lengthens ligaments and benefits in many ways. Good luck."
08/22/2012: Carissa from Norristown, Pa, Usa replies: "It seems some of this comments are a bit old, but im hopeless and need some advice.. I have a 95 pound pit bull who is 5 this year. His hips bother him in the mornings usually and he acts stiff and cannot stand up well, but as the day goes on he is better. Ive been giving him 1,440 mg of glucosamine and 500 mg of chondroition daily for a few months now, and it can get costly.. I switched the form of what I give these to him in and noticed a lack of MSM, could that be the problem? also, what are some different options? he isnt to thepoint it affects his daily life, but it hurts to see him in the morning struggle to get out of his bed! Thank you for your time!"
10/04/2012: Catanndog from Marlboro, New Jersey replies: "Hi Carissa: I order my glucosamine from Swanson Vitamins online. They have a bottle I use for myself and for my dogs.
Item SW1081 is Glucosamine, Chondroitin & MSM, 500/400/200 - 240 tablets. I give 1pill, 2x a day, I crush the pill with the bottom of a glass and put it in their food. The bottle cost $19.99.
I am just staring to also use Tumeric, I heard Walmart has a bottle from Spring Valley for $7.00. Good luck to you!!!
10/08/2012: Malcolm from Lincoln, Va, Us replies: "@Hope, I have an almost 5 year old 75lbs female kitty, that has just started showing signs of stiffness and pain in her left hip when she awakens from her many naps. We started noticing this 2-3 weeks ago. She had a weight problem due to hypo-thyroid 3 months ago, and i've had her chasing after a ball daily, and giving her a prescription drug. She lost about 7lbs, but I'm worried the exercise is bothering her. I haven't started anything for the pain in her hip, as I have just started investigating, but would like to stay in communication about what we are both doing and what is working."
10/08/2012: Malcolm from Lincoln, Va replies: "*75lb female pitty*"