Your dog is your loyal sidekick and trusty adventure pal, but what can you do when a difficult issue like hip dysplasia makes it too painful for your dog to enjoy their active lifestyle?
Dogs with hip dysplasia have trouble walking, jumping, and running because their hip joints pop and rub with every significant motion they make. Traditional hip dysplasia treatments fail to successfully address hip dysplasia symptoms or achieve long-term comfort, leaving pet owners like yourself wishing for a better solution.
Stem cell therapy is now available to offer that better solution. As a safe, natural, and powerful regenerative treatment, stem cell therapy makes it possible to reduce the inflammation triggering your dog’s pain and rebuild tissues damaged by wear and tear.
If hip dysplasia has diminished your dog’s quality of life, stem cell therapy is the treatment that can change everything.
What Is Dog Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is a musculoskeletal condition that affects many breeds of dogs, especially large breeds like St. Bernards, Neapolitan mastiffs, and black Russian terriers. It affects the hip joint where the ball and socket don’t fit snugly together like they should.
Instead of gliding together to create smooth, effortless movements, hip joints affected by dysplasia pop, rub, and grind.
The constant instability caused by hip dysplasia triggers inflammation and deterioration in the hip joints, which leads to debilitating arthritis and joint damage over time.
How Does Dog Hip Dysplasia Develop?
Every case of dog hip dysplasia is unique, but it’s usually a genetic condition that is present from birth. Some dogs exhibit symptoms as young as two to eight months old as they struggle to run down stairs or walk without hopping.
Other dogs develop hip dysplasia because they gain too much weight while growing and place excess stress and pressure on the hip joints. This makes nutrition an important factor in hip dysplasia.
Depending on the condition of the joint and the weight of the dog, it’s possible for the hip joint of a one-year-old dog to endure the extensive damage usually seen in much older dogs.
What Are the Symptoms of Dog Hip Dysplasia?
You may suspect that your dog has hip dysplasia if her behavior has shifted from active and energetic to slow-moving and hesitant. Whether your dog is two years old or 12 years old, the following symptoms may indicate the presence of hip dysplasia:
- Getting up slowly
- Trouble walking up and down the stairs
- Bunny hopping while walking
- Moving tenderly
- Hesitation to jump off furniture
- Whining and refusing to move
These symptoms occur because hip dysplasia causes the hip joint to rub against bone. This is extremely painful and forces your dog to second-guess movements that used come easily.
How Do Vets Diagnose Dog Hip Dysplasia?
Veterinarians use a blend of physical observations and radiographic testing to diagnose the presence of hip dysplasia.
Physical Examination Findings
A diagnosis of hip dysplasia begins with a careful physical examination. Your vet should consider your dog’s breed, weight, and age as he observes her movements around the examination room.
If your dog walks with a bunny hop instead of a full stride, moves like she is walking on eggshells, or hesitates to follow orders, your vet will suspect hip dysplasia as a potential underlying cause.
An x-ray of the pelvis is used to further examine the hip joint and confirm the presence of hip dysplasia. It’s important that your vet can extend the joint all the way back during the x-ray, so he will give your dog a sedative to keep her comfortable.
An x-ray of the pelvis reveals the condition of the hip’s ball and socket joint. In a healthy joint, the socket should extend over at least 50% of the head of the femur, but in dogs affected by hip dysplasia, the cup may only cover a fraction of the femur or none at all. This forces the joint to pop in and out with every movement your dog makes.
Identifying this condition of the joint with an x-ray makes it possible to identify hip dysplasia even before arthritis of the joint becomes visible.
What Traditional Treatments Are Used For Dog Hip Dysplasia?
There are many traditional treatments available to address hip dysplasia, but their limitations cause frustration for veterinarians and clients alike.
A dog’s excess weight can contribute to the acceleration of hip dysplasia and make pain more intense, so losing weight is often used as the first line of defense.
However, weight reduction can be challenging for dogs that experience pain when they try to walk or run. Pet owners must take careful measures to control their dogs’ eating habits to enable weight loss.
Vets also recommend lifestyle changes to ease the symptoms associated with hip dysplasia. Giving dogs as much rest as possible, treating them with supplements like glucosamine and fish oils, and implementing physical therapy with low impact activities are the most common changes that pet owners try. These adjustments can bring a small degree of relief, but dogs and their owners both feel unhappy with such limitations.
When weight reduction, lifestyle changes, and physical therapy fail to halt the progression of hip dysplasia or reduce symptoms, medical therapy is the next option.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like carprofen and meloxicam offer the first line of defense. NSAIDs minimize inflammation in the hip joint, but long-term use makes your dog vulnerable to liver damage, kidney damage, G.I bleeding, and ulceration.
It’s also possible to use painkillers like gabapentin, but strong painkillers cause an unwanted sedative opioid effect. You want to help your dog thrive and live a more active life, not leave her feeling tired, drunk, and disconnected.
Due to limited medical therapies, some dog owners have turned to surgery to treat their pets’ hip dysplasia. A total hip replacement is the only surgery capable of addressing hip dysplasia. This is a major surgery that replaces the entire ball and socket with metal elements to create a brand-new, uninjured joint.
Total hip replacement is expensive as well. It costs pet owners anywhere from $7,000 to $10,000 with no guarantee of success. In fact, dogs almost always reject hip replacements within one to two years.
It simply doesn’t make sense to spend $10,000 for temporary relief that ultimately puts your dog in even worse pain.
Canine Stem Cell Therapy For Hip Dysplasia: An Innovative Treatment
Stem cell therapy has transformed the way that vets can treat hip dysplasia and help dogs move with ease and comfort. While there is still no medical or surgical cure for hip dysplasia, stem cell therapy can effectively reduce inflammation to minimize pain and bring comfort to dogs who have been suffering for years.
What Are Stem Cells?
Overall, stem cells function naturally in the body to heal and rebuild tissues when the body becomes damaged. They are unlike any other types of cells in the body because they exist in an undefined state until an injury occurs.
When tissue within the body becomes damaged, the affected cells leak various biochemicals in the surrounding areas. These biochemicals are responsible for the inflammation that causes symptoms like swelling, redness, and pain. They also get pulled into the bloodstream and create a chemical trail that alerts the resting stem cells.
This triggers stem cells to jump into action and migrate inside the bloodstream to the source of the biochemicals. At this point, stem cells anchor themselves to the damaged tissues and begin secreting their own chemicals to reduce inflammation and direct other nearby cells to reverse the damage and stimulate healing.
As soon as an injury appears, stem cells convert into the specific type of cell that needs to be repaired. This equips stem cells with the specialized functions necessary to support healing.
Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy Vs. HUC-DT Stem Cell Therapy
Stem cell therapy (SCT) is a relatively new medical treatment that harnesses the body’s natural resources and existing healing processes to treat injured areas of the body with stem cells.
Using SCT, veterinarians can take a large number of stem cells and place them directly into the areas of inflammation to accelerate the body’s natural healing process.
Stem cell therapy (SCT) was first performed as autologous mesenchymal stem cell therapy. Though mesenchymal stem cell therapy does deliver results, it has numerous limitations:
- Requires canine patient to undergo anesthesia
- Fat cells must be harvested and treated to boost reactivity
- Patient must undergo a second round of anesthesia to receive stem cells
- Treatment is expensive
- Patient can experience pain from the harvesting
- The client cannot be present
Human Umbilical Cord Cell Derivatives, or HUC-DT, has recently emerged as a safe and powerful alternative to mesenchymal stem cell therapy for dogs.
HUC-DT uses a proprietary fractionation method to deliver a pure stem cell count of about 5 million cells per mL. This is dramatically more than the 1,000 stem cells per mL delivered through traditional autologous mesenchymal stem cell therapy.
With a higher concentration of stem cells, HUC-DT delivers the healing factors needed to help pets fight inflammation and heal more efficiently.
The cells used for HUC-DT do not endure any complex processing system before being used. They are simply washed in saline and flash frozen.
Thanks to their pure nature, the stem cells don’t need to be treated with hormones or chemicals for preservation or reactivity. Each injection of HUC-DT is a suspension of pure cells; absolutely no foreign particles or fragmented fat cells as often found in older autologous mesenchymal therapies.
The HUC-DT method is also pain-free for the patient, and the client can be present during the procedure.
How Canine Stem Cell Therapy Treats Hip Dysplasia
HUC-DT stem cell therapy can be used to improve hip dysplasia symptoms in two distinct ways.
Stem Cell Therapy Reduces Inflammation
First, canine stem cell therapy improves hip dysplasia by effectively fighting inflammation in the hip joint. Stem cells are naturally drawn to the inflammation caused by the microfractures that form as the hip bones rub and scrape together.
A stem cell injection into the painful hip joint naturally decreases this inflammatory response and reduces the swelling, discomfort, and limited range of motion caused by hip dysplasia.
Stem Cell Therapy Rebuilds Damaged Tissues
In addition to fighting inflammation, stem cells can actually help to rebuild damaged tissues within the hip joint.
Under normal circumstances, the rubbing and irritation caused by hip dysplasia creates inflammation stronger than anything the body’s existing stem cells can combat alone. Adding an addition 5 million stem cells per ML into the painful joint makes it possible to exponentially increase the amount of healing power available.
HUC-DT therapy delivers stem cells in the quantity and power needed to slow chronic damage and stimulate tissue repair. This contributes to less pain and fewer symptoms, even though the hip dysplasia can’t be fully cured.
An Inspiring Success Story
At 10 years old, Nestle started to change from an energetic, lively pup to a senior dog who was in too much pain to greet her family at the door.
With each passing month, her favorite activities became less enjoyable, and even basic tasks like short walks became too difficult. Nestle’s limping became worse and she could barely put weight on her legs.
NSAIDs, painkillers, and glucosamine helped for a few weeks, but they couldn’t provide a lasting solution. Nestle’s owner took a leap of faith by trying HUC-DT stem cell therapy, wondering if he would see results.
Just two short weeks after Nestle’s stem cell treatment, she jumped unassisted into the car, and two weeks later short walks started to turn into long walks.
Finally, after only one stem cell treatment, Nestle was able to run and play with her family and escape the chronic pain that made life so difficult.
Many other dogs have benefited from the same transformation, like Bailee, a 12-year-old golden retriever could barely climb the stairs before her stem cell therapy, but now she can maneuver with greater ease.
The Bottom Line
Hip dysplasia is a painful and debilitating condition that affects dogs of all ages and breeds. If your beloved family pet has trouble standing up or is hesitant to walk and run, dog hip dysplasia could be the cause of her discomfort.
It’s heartbreaking to watch your family pet suffer in pain, but traditional treatments don’t offer real, lasting solutions. Instead of relying on NSAIDs or attempting an expensive and risky hip surgery, you can now turn to stem cell therapy.
Canine stem cell therapy makes it possible to reduce inflammation in the hip, regenerate healthy tissues, and minimize your dog’s suffering. This safe, natural, and affordable treatment addresses hip dysplasia in a way no other treatment can.