Think about something very important, patients with dysplasia also have a high chance of developing arthritis.
Something even more important: grains (cereals) in diets have been shown to promote prolonged insulin secretion and joint inflammation, that is why, in the long term, diets with grains, among other reasons, are not good for dogs with joint problems, such as dysplasia.
Once again, the raw bones present in the dog’s diet are important. The importance of supplementation with cartilage regenerators in osteoarthritis patients is well known: chondroitin, glucosamine, etcetera. Cartilage in the diet (present at the end of the long bones) contains complex carbohydrates.
Some cases of arthritis are associated with chronic inflammatory bowel disease, and it is suspected that arthritis results from the absorption of toxic substances through the intestine. Cartilage is poorly absorbed so that less than half is degraded. By remaining in the intestinal lumen, this complex carbohydrate sticks or adheres to its surface, part of these toxic substances to be excreted later via excrement.
For these reasons, a grain-free diet is a very good choice, the results you will see in the long term, do not despair.
If it is a fish-based diet, all the better. There are homemade diets that, if supervised by an expert in canine nutrition, are more than a healthy alternative, in the long term, for the orthopedic and general health of these dogs.
Now, within the diet, we will enter a very delicate and important subject, the amount of food and weight gain. A general rule that you will have to apply with your dog is the following: it is better to keep him a little hungry than to satisfy him and with that to provoke weight gain. If weight gain starts to occur, all the work will come to naught.
On the other hand, orthomolecular nutrition in these patients plays a very important role, chondroprotectors (oral Hyal, Cosequin, Synoquin, Kondro), omega 3 and antioxidants are very important. But we will talk about this on another occasion.