Addressing Hip Subluxation in Dogs

Hip subluxation is incredibly debilitating. It occurs when the ball of the hip joint pops partially out of the socket. It can be equally as painful as a full dislocation or luxation. Finding relief for your four-legged friend is easier than ever with the proper equipment for disabled dogs. The Walkin’ Hip-EEZ harness paired with additional support wear will bring comfort to your dog with a little assistance.

Strength Building

Iris in a Walkin' Hip-EEZ hip brace for hip dysplasia

Once you have identified hip subluxation as the problem, it’s best to begin using equipment specifically designed to relieve this pain. Often, chronic pain will cause a dog to find ways to avoid using his body parts to their full potential, putting added stress on other areas. They do this to avoid straining or causing further pain during movement. This behavior could cause a loss of strength and muscle.

Once your dog’s strength has diminished, it is harder to build it back up again, as they will likely be unwilling to put their full effort or weight into building up the area again.

Surgery vs. Rehabilitation Therapy

It’s hard to determine how hard to push your dog after a hip replacement surgery. Addressing hip subluxation in dogs and understanding the healing process is essential. Additionally, understanding the most efficient ways to work the hip area during this time will help tremendously. This understanding is paramount during the healing and restoration of the recently injured zone.

Rehab therapy can be used in place of surgery if recommended by a veterinary professional. In this case, the same benefits and practices of having the surgery and recovering still apply. Supportive equipment for disabled dogs allows the pet owner to use these tools to expedite the recovery process. A veterinarian can help lay out a plan of attack to work and strengthen the hip area and avoid hip subluxation occurring again.  

Walkin' Hip-EEZ Hip Support System

Non-Surgical Solutions for Hip Subluxation

Conservative management of a dog’s hip subluxation can be used as an alternative to hip surgery. Most conservative treatments will include a combination of rehab exercise, hip joint supplements, and canine mobility aids. A dog hip brace can easily be worn during structured exercises to keep a dog’s hip joint aligned and minimize joint pain. The Hip-EEZ hip system allows a rehab specialist to attach a foam hip bridge directly over the dog’s femoral head. This keeps the dogs hip joint in proper position as they work to strength the muscles around the hip joint to prevent it from popping out.

Supportive Attachments

hip bridge for subluxating hip dog
Treat a dog’s hip subluxation with the Hip-EEZ bridge.

Walkin’ Pets provides a lot of supportive equipment for handicapped pets. With the Walkin’ Hip-EEZ support harness, you may consider adding several other attachments based on your pet’s needs. There is an attachment for amputation support, as well as a donut attachment for pressure sores. For hip subluxation, you’ll want to use the hip bridge support attachment to ensure progress and stability.

Having a full comprehension of what is ailing your pet leads to a real understanding of what type of support you need to offer your pet. Staying vigilant and ensuring you are doing everything you can to manage your pet’s pain levels and provide the necessary assistance is essential.

When addressing hip subluxation in dogs, using equipment specifically designed to provide comfort and stability on their journey to recovery is a must. Proper use, fitting, placement, and application of the products is significant in the recovery of your pet and the duration of the healing process.

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