4) Massage -
Just like you love to have your back rubbed if it is sore, dogs can greatly benefit from massage when there are problems in the hip area. It can increase blood flow, relieve pain and relax aching muscles.
Some Pugs will not want to be touched; in cases like this you would start off very gentle and only for a short amount of time (1 or 2 minutes). As the dog learns that massage helps make him feel better, he is often then more tolerant to this treatment.
Most vets advise to use your fingertips to make small circling motions over the area, only kneading moderately deep. Carving out a certain time each day to do this can be part of a solid treatment plan.
5) Supplements -
There are several supplements that can increase joint health. These include:
- Perna canaliculus (green-lipped mussel)
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids (or Omega 3,6,9)
6) Medication -
Along with the changes above that owners can make at home, there are medication that are normally given to Pugs with hip dysplasia.
Anti-inflammatories are often used. With this sort of hip problem, there is generally a lot of internal swelling. When those tissues swell, it often causes more pain and decreased mobility.
Non-steroid options are often tried first. These include Carprofen, etodolac, deracoxib, firocoxib tepoxalin , or meloxicam. Dogs with liver problems should not take these medications. Since these are non-steroid options, a Pug can take this at the proper dosing for a relatively long time, usually without any bad side effects.
If there is not enough relief, Corticosteroid may be prescribed by the vet. These can have undesirable side effects and for this reason they are only used on a short term basis.