Massaging a dog's sacrum is a useful treatment for hip dysplasia. Learn more about dog massage for hip dysplasia with tips from a veterinary technician in this free dog care video.
The other thing you want to do with a dysplastic dog is spend some time massaging in the sacrum, the area of the sacrum. Again, because of the hip dysplasia, the dog is going to carry the hips unevenly. Usually one side is lightly worse than the other. It's going to be a little more painful, so that's going to throw the back out of alignment. And again, just massaging along the hips, you can use fingertips, circular massage, all through this area just to loosen up, see how that skin all moves around. On a dog with really bad dysplasia that's going to be very hard and tense, and as you work with it, doing the circular motion with your fingertips all over the sacral area, you're gonna' see that loosen up and feel better. And that's usually something you can do even in very, very painful dog. It's something they'll enjoy, and they'll move into as you're trying to do it. So it's definitely a good way to work with any dog with hip dysplasia, or with any leg problems, especially if one leg is being favored over the other. Some dogs you'll see will stand sort of tilted, one hip slightly higher than the other. Those are dogs who will do a lot of good by having a sacral massage.