Dog of Bordeaux (Dogue de Bordeaux) and Hip Dysplasia: Strategies for Prevention and Treatment

Dog owner question

"Hi! My Great Dane of Bordeaux (Dogue de Bordeaux), his name is Gaston. Unfortunately he sometimes limps and seems to have pain in his hind leg. I have heard that this breed is prone to hip joint dysplasia. What symptoms should I watch for and what can I do if my dog is diagnosed with this?"

Veterinarian's answer

"Hi! It is extremely important that you have noticed Gaston's symptoms and are concerned about his health.

Dogs of Bordeaux are indeed prone to hip joint dysplasia. This is a condition that results from the inadequate development of the hip joint, which can lead to wear and tear of the joints and arthritis.

Symptoms of hip joint dysplasia include limping, difficulty standing up or lying down, difficulty moving, avoiding stairs, excessive loss of muscle mass in the back legs and pain or stiffness that can worsen in cold or wet weather.

If you suspect that Gaston has hip dysplasia, be sure to take him to a vet who will be able to make an accurate diagnosis with an x-ray!

If Gaston is diagnosed with hip dysplasia, the vet will probably recommend several treatment options, depending on how severe the condition is.

Treatments may include the use of painkillers and anti-inflammatories, weight control to reduce excessive weight bearing, and special diets and supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin to support joint cartilage health.

In severe cases, surgery may be necessary!

Although hip joint dysplasia is based on a genetic predisposition, environmental factors such as being overweight and being too physically active can make the condition worse.

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Therefore, maintaining a proper diet and a healthy level of exercise is key to maintaining the health of the Bordeaux Dog.

I hope this has helped and that Gaston gets better soon!"