Hip displasia is an ailment that plagues many dogs--particularly larger breeds and dogs who are over weight. Therein lies the tip for helping to prevent this in your dog as he ages. Keeping your pup active and lean will do more than anything to avoid the problem.
My dogs, fortunately all have healthy hips, and often lie in these frog-like positions, showing off their flexibility. I have read that this flexibility is a good sign of healthy hips, so I'm always glad to see the pups enjoying this silly looking position. I temporarily nickname them Froggy and we tease them lovingly. They probably don't have clue what it's all about, except that they do know they are the center of attention. That should be as good as saying "We love you!"
If healthy pets is high on your priority list, you might find this article, from Doctors Foster and Smith, helpful. I would also like to invite you to visit my other blog, at the All Things Dog Blog. As the name indicates, I write about all sorts of dog topics, many of which come down to keeping your pets healthy.
Healthy happens in so many ways. Discipline, healthy food, exercise, preventive health care, and natural remedies are all topics of regular appearance here. I hope you'll stop in and check it out, if for no other reason that to enjoy some of the photos of my pups' antics.
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FYI, just as in humans, glucosamine preparations are great for helping to keep the hips and joints healthy. Be sure to consult your veterinarian for advice, if you think you'd like to try this natural preventative measure.