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Diets for Pets with Hip Dysplasia and Dilated Cardiomyopathy

When most pet owners think of pets and special diet plans, they usually think of obesity, diabetes, and food allergies. Other diseases, however, can also require or benefit from a special diet. Hip Dysplasia, which is a problem with the bones and hips, and dilated cardiomyopathy, which is an enlarged heart, can also be helped by special dietary considerations.

Dietary Help for Hip Dysplasia


Hip dysplasia is a problem that affects both cats and dogs, but it is more commonly found in dogs. The problems with the hip area, where the leg bone meets the pelvic bone, can cause a great deal of pain for your pet. It can also make it difficult for your pet to jump, walk, and to even sit. Researchers have learned that there is a genetic link to the tendency to develop hip dysplasia. They have also learned that providing your pet with a properly balanced diet while a puppy has a major impact on preventing hip dysplasia as the dog gets older. In fact, it is actually better to keep large-breed dogs on the light side when they are puppies to prevent undue stress in the hip area.


You can also provide your dog with a number of supplements to assist with hip dysplasia. Chondromprotectives and Omega 3 fatty acids can help make the joints stronger and, therefore, alleviate pai. You can also use nonsteroidal anti-inflammatiory drugs (NSAIDs) to help reduce joint inflammation.

Dietary Help for Dilated Cardiomyopathy


When a pet has dilated cardiomyopathy, its heart becomes enlarged and the walls of the heart become flabby and thin. As a result, the heart works too hard and will ultimately overexert itself and fail. One of the main causes for development of dilated cardiomyopathy is poor nutrition, particularly if the pet does not have amino acid taurine. Dilated cardiomyopathy is particularly problematic for cats.

Most pet foods now have taurine added to them in order to prevent dilated cardiomyopathy. For those pets that do develop the problem, their diets can be supplemented with taurine to prevent the problem from developing further or into congestive heart failure. Antioxidant supplements can also help stop the disease from getting worse.

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