Hip dysplasia occurs in humans, but it’s most frequently seen in dogs, especially German Sheppards and Golden Retrievers. In hip dysplasia, an abnormal formation of the hip socket causes friction and wear between bones that would normally be prevented by cartilage. Usually, the problem is a loose or partial fit of the bones, or wear and tear caused by misshapen bones in the joint socket. This is a cause of arthritis over time, as well as pain and eventual debilitation. Other names for the disease include degenerative joint disease, arthrosis, and osteoarthrosis.
Caring dog owners whose furry friends suffer from pain caused by arthritis or other diseases of chronic inflammation ask what they can do to relieve pain for their pets. Although not technically approved for veterinary use, Aspirin is typically used with dogs for short term pain relief, such as after surgery or a major injury.