Message Us

An Alternative to Hip Dysplasia Surgery For Dogs

By DrBabetteGladstein. | Dog Health

Hip dysplasia in dogs is an abnormal formation of the hip socket that can eventually cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis of the joints. As a caring pet owner, we are willing to go to great lengths (and costs) to care for our pets and make sure they are pain-free and feeling good.

Traditional medicine recommends surgery which can cost close to $5,000! But there is an alternative to traditional surgery that is pain-free and less invasive to your pet.

Prolotherapy, also known as ligament reconstructive therapy, is a non-surgical orthopedic procedure used on both humans and animals. Prolotherapy consists of injecting a “proliferating” agent (such as dextrose or vitamin B12) combined with lidocaine, into the affected tendons or ligaments where they attach to the bone.

I’ve had tremendous success treating dogs with prolotherapy and keeping them out of the operating room.

Prolotherapy’s success rate is about 90 percent, which is equal to surgical intervention. It can also be used as a preventive treatment by keeping tendons and ligaments strong and joints stable.

The solution acts as an irritant, stimulating the body’s immune system to “proliferate” – or rebuild – new tendons or ligaments at the injection site. This new connective tissue strengthens and stabilizes the afflicted joint, relieving pain.

Prolotherapy is an excellent alternative to surgery for many dogs with chronic joint pain. It can restore joint stability without the pain, risks, and extended recovery time of surgery.

Prolotherapy can treat a variety of conditions, including:

  • Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia and hip laxity and pain (DJD)
  • Chronic tendonitis - Elbow Dysplasia
  • Anterior Cruciate injury (ACL) - ligament injury
  • Intervertibular disc disease
  • Neck and back pain
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Sprained ankles and wrists
  • Partially torn tendons-anywhere in the body
  • Ligaments and cartilage

Prolotherapy is generally administered as a series of injections spaced between one and four weeks apart. "Most dogs show positive results in one-to-three treatments but the key is to work with an experienced veterinarian who can determine your dog’s needs."

Although prolotherapy must be repeated approximately every year, the cost is far less than surgery, and the side effects are minimal. The most common side effect is lidocaine sensitivity, which can cause vomiting.

Before going under the knife, it’s worth looking into alternatives that will alleviate pain for your pet (and your wallet). 

Behavioral Science and Dog Seat Covers: Cargo, Dog Bed Liner, Bed Cover: 30% Off Premium Seat Covers

Dr Babette Gladstein - HeadshotDr. Babette Gladstein

Dr. Babette Gladstein practices integrative medicine in the greater New York area.  For more information please visit her website:, also her: Facebook page


Signup/Login to post a reply


Reviews From 4Knines Customers VIEW MORE »

The best evaluations of our products come from the people who’ve bought them.

Third one purchased!

My husband and I both have this cargo cover in our SUV's and I just bought the small for my mom for Mother's day, as she dog sits for us. We love them!

Shannon Quinn

Just what I wanted!

I've got a big heavy English lab with fast-growing nails, and a new truck with leather seats. Your seat cover enables my dog to ride with me again. I am totally A Satisfied customer!

Mary Penning

Great Seat Cover

The Seat Cover is amazing. I'll have to order one for the bench seat in my Kia Sportage and another front seat cover.

Mari Flanagan

Great Product

Perfect cargo cover for me, very nice quality and fast shipping.

kevin gould

Seat cover

Great cover, very well made, fit was good

Larry Greer

Versatile cargo cover

Bought this and installed it in my 2018 Chevy Cruze hatchback. Super quick and easy to install and has plenty of length. Great product.

Sean Licari


This product is amazing and so is the company. I was concerned it wouldn't fit my F350 Super Duty crew cab. I emailed them to ask and they responded really quick. I got the cover and it is everything they show it is & more. It fits perfect. I also bought the side covers for the doors in the back.

Christy Howie

Front seat covers

Very impressed. I have leather seats and they don't slide at all. Plus the seat doesnt get hot

John Updegraff

For all general inquiries, please call or email us
Phone: 888.602.2509

Sign Up to Our Newsletter

Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Nothing but the best for your best friend!
© 4Knines. 2017. All rights reserved | Terms | Privacy