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Feline Hip Dysplasia
is Feline Hip Dysplasia?
Hip dysplasia is an inherited trait involving multiple gene pairs
- it is not congenital (meaning an animal is not born with it).
The condition develops over time from instability in the hip joint
which results from an improper fit of the femoral head (ball-like
structure) into the acetabulum (hip socket). This instability, called
hip joint laxity, results in abnormal weight bearing within the
hip joint. From this, secondary changes and remodeling occur in
an effort to stabilize the joint or avoid bone-on-bone contact.
When cartilage disintegrates from abnormal wear, the femoral head
and acetabulum rub together with every step causing pain and eventual
2. Femoral Head (ball like structure)
3. Acetabulum (hip socket)
are the Symptoms of Feline Hip Dysplasia?
has been suggested that cats with feline hip dysplasia (FHD) are
not in pain. Well, unless you can talk directly to your cat, and
he can answer you, how can you know for sure? Cats are rather stoic
creatures and it is speculated that they hide or mask their pain
well. Out in the wilds if a cat showed pain by limping or moving
slowly, he would appear vulnerable and be an immediate target for
predators. Our domestic cats are still driven by natural instincts
that tell them NOT to limp or not to move too slowly. There may
be a gradual decrease in certain movements or particular activities
that cause pain. For example, a cat in pain may not jump as high
as usual, or it may move more and more slowly over time. These may
be symptoms that most people simply would not notice or would attribute
to other things. The gradual lack of movement may go undetected
until one day - perhaps years from the onset of pain - the disease
has progressed so that it becomes quite obvious with limping, not
climbing, not jumping or the inability to go up stairs. Even then,
because onset has been so gradual and there was not a drastic change
in behavior from one day to the next, some people may still not realize
there is a problem.
Treatments for Feline Hip Dysplasia
More progressive veterinarians who are knowledgeable about recent
studies, clinical trials, and overwhelmingly positive patient response
will know that glucosamine is very beneficial for hip dysplasia.
Glucosamine is an over-the-counter dietary supplement that has been
shown to be effective in the treatment of hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis,
and joint pain in both pets and humans. Glucosamine stimulates the
production of glycosaminoglycans (GAG's), important proteins found
in cartilage and proteoglycans, the water holding molecules that
make up the cartilage.
Used in the correct form and quality, glucosamine has been shown
to not only ease pain, but also aid in the rehabilitation of damaged
cartilage. Furthermore, glucosamine is safe to use and does not
have any of the side effects associated with NSAIDs.
How To Select A Glucosamine Product
Glucosamine products differ greatly. While one may work wonders
for your pet, another may do absolutely nothing. Your selection
of a glucosamine product should be based on four factors.
must consider the quality of glucosamine, method of delivery to
body, additional ingredients in the product, and of course price.
put, the higher quality of glucosamine you use, the greater the
relief to your pet will be. Many companies use medium grade glucosamine
so you must be careful to look for the highest quality. Pharmaceutical
quality (98% purity) glucosamine is the highest purity of glucosamine.
You should only consider products that use glucosamine which is
of pharmaceutical quality.
the method of delivery can make the difference between no pain relief
and complete pain relief. Most products produced after the breakthrough
news of the 1999 Lancet medical journal glucosamine study were rushed
to the market. In this haste, these companies did not take any time
to do tests on their product. They simply assumed pill form would
be the most effective. The latest research however, has shown that
glucosamine in liquid form is much more effective. In selecting
a glucosamine product, you should look for one that is liquid form.
crucial to the effectiveness of the product is the other ingredients
that are included in the product. Glucosamine alone, for most people,
is not a cure all. To receive truly complete relief you need to
look for products that combine a number of arthritis fighting ingredients.
You should look for a product that besides glucosamine sulfate and
glucosamine HCL, also contains arthritis-fighting ingredients such
as chondroitin, boswellin, bromelain, omega 3 & 6, yucca, manganese
ascorbate, and vitamins A, C, and E.
more information on a pharmaceutical quality liquid glucosamine
formula that contains all of the above recommended ingredients and
is highly beneficial in the treatment of feline hip dysplasia click
information on arthritis in cats
1. FHDA: The Feline Hip Dysplasia Association
Arthritis Resource Center for more information
Guide to Glucosamine Products for Pets
to the Pet Arthritis Chronicle for more information on arhritis
in dogs and cats