Hip dysplasia is a widespread hereditary condition affecting many dogs and some Labs get it too. A dog can be genetically predisposed to it and then eventually develops the condition overtime. There is an 8 percent chance of a dog having or developing the condition. Even otherwise healthy dogs can end up suffering from the condition.
Hip dysplasia is caused by abnormalities in the anatomy of a dog’s hip socket. This connects the dog’s femur bone into their pelvis. Because of a loose instead of snug fit, the femur eventually misaligns or even pops out of the pelvis and then wears down the joint. This causes reduced mobility and pain in dogs affected by the condition.
Galia Weiss thought of an ingenious solution to this problem. An industrial designer by trade, she recently developed the Hipster. The Hipster is essentially a harness that supports the dog’s hip joint and helps develop surrounding muscles. This prevents the joint from disconnecting by providing support via the Hipster itself, and at the same time, allowing the dog to develop the muscles to support the joint better.
The Hipster comprises of a lightweight frame and adjustable straps. It also has Velcro designed to put resistance on the dog’s leg muscles and strengthen them while taking the burden off the dog’s hips and bottom. It is machine washable and it comes in multiple colors.
Weiss recommends the Hipster to any dog with the condition and believes it can improve the condition after only after a month of use.
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Source: Discovery News