How to Lift a Dog with Hip Dysplasia

how to carry a dog with hip dysplasiaHey, there, dog lover. Welcome to the Pupster Passion USA doggy blog and website.

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In today’s post, we are going to talk about lifting a dog with hip dysplasia, first off we have some great suggestions for dog carrying braces.

The Best Lifting Braces for Pet Dogs with Hip Dysplasia

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NOTE – If your dog is suffering from a serious disability, then you might need to think about getting a wheelchair for him or her.

If that is the case, you should check out this post discussing the best dog wheelchairs for rear legs are?

Ok, so now let’s look at hip dysplasia in more detail…

If in Any Doubt Always Consult a Vet

The first thing to say is that if you ever have any serious health concerns about your pet dogs, you should always double-check with your vet.

They are highly trained professionals and are the best people to advise you on conditions like dysplasia.

What Exactly is Canine Hip Dysplasia?

Canine hip dysplasia is a hereditary condition that affects dogs and puppies in their hip joints.

It is a deformity within the hip joint bones that can then bring about wear and tear, pain, stiffness, and even disability.

Some breeds are more susceptible to the condition, including German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Golden Retrievers, but any breed of dog can get it.

It is most likely to occur in older dogs, but it can occur at any age from very young puppies onwards.

Signs of Dysplasia in Dogs

There are some early, telltale signs of dysplasia that are often easy to spot:

  • A change in the way the dog’s hind legs move
  • Less excitement and desire to play
  • A dog tiring out during exercise quicker than normal.
  • Hopping with back legs to get up and down sets of stairs

Here is a Qualified Vet Explaining the Condition:

Note – Please read this post if you are asking yourself, “my dog has hip dysplasia should I put him down“?

What’s the Best Way to Pick Up a Dog with Hip Dysplasia?

If you want to know how to pick up a dog suffering from hip issues, the short answer is CAREFULLY.

You do not want to want to flare up the condition, so take your time and watch the dog for any distress signs.

The best way to pick the dog up is by making sure you support it under both its front and rear hips.

So if both your hands (or arms) go under the dog’s belly and tuck in close to the top of the legs, this will give your pet good support as you pick them up.

Obviously, depending on your dog’s size and your own levels of physical ability, this might be very hard to do, which is why you might need some mechanical help.

Equipment That Can Help

To help carry a dog with hip dysplasia, you can try using a dog sling or brace to give them some assistance.

This short video gives you an excellent idea of how the slings work and how they might be able to help you and your dog: to get around easier:

Before you go, you might also find this post about the best food for your dog’s joints is interesting.