The hip joints gradually deteriorate, leading to loss of function in the hips.
Hip dysplasia in cats develops from a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
Also, a pattern of inheritance involving multiple genes exists.
Cats affected with hip dysplasia inherit the gene from both parents, even if neither parent shows outward signs of the disease.
Some cat breeds are more likely to carry the genes for hip dysplasia than others.
Feline hip dysplasia is more common in pure breeds, and more likely in female cats than male cats.
Heavy boned cats like Persians and Maine Coons are more likely to suffer hip dysplasia than other breeds.
Hip dysplasia eventually causes crippling arthritis and joint pain.
Signs of hip dysplasia and joint pain include:
- A swaying gait, with the rear end moving back and forth
- “Bunny hopping”, especially upstairs
- Difficulty getting up
- Decreased activity
- Pain and stiffness in the rear end
- Reluctance to run, climb stairs, jump, or play
- Standing with back legs unnaturally close together
- Decreased range of motion of hip joints
- Loss of muscle mass in back legs
- Enlargement of front shoulder muscles
Di Gu Pi San: Western Medicine Applications
Luckily, Eastern medicine offers a natural, herbal solution for feline hip dysplasia and joint pain.
Di Gu Pi San is a TCVM (Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine) blend of 12 different herbs.
Even though Di Gu Pi San is a TCVM herbal blend, it still helps symptoms of some Western diagnoses.
Di Gu Pi San helps cats with the following Western diagnoses:
- Chronic joint pain
- Degenerative joint disease
- Hip dysplasia
- Intervertebral disc disease
Di Gu Pi San: Eastern Medicine Applications
Eastern medicine treats a disease’s root cause(s) rather than symptoms.
Accordingly, TCVM veterinarians evaluate hip dysplasia differently than Western veterinarians.
TCVM vets look for signs of imbalance.
Di Gu Pi San helps cats with the following TCVM signs:
- Chronic bony bi-syndrome due to Kidney Yin and Qi Deficiency
- Dry skin and hair coat
- Preference to cold
- Red, dry tongue
- Stiffness that worsens with Heat conditions
- Thready, weak pulse
How Di Gu Pi San Treats Feline Hip Dysplasia and Joint Pain
Di Gu Pi San is a TCVM blend of 12 different Eastern herbs.
The herbs perform synergistically, balancing systems and meridians in the body.
Di Gu Pi San addresses the underlying causes of your cat’s illness or disease.
The underlying cause of any disease is imbalance.
Di Gu Pi San alleviates your cat’s imbalances and soothes the painful symptoms of illness and disease.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Di Gu Pi San heals by:
- Nourishing Yin
- Clearing deficient Heat
- Tonifying Kidney Yang
- Dispelling Wind-Damp
The main ingredients in Di Gu Pi San are:
- Bu Gu Zhi (Psoralea, aka psoralea fruit) tonifies Kidney Yang and Yin
- Dan Shen (Salvia, aka red sage or Chinese sage) invigorates Blood and relieves pain
- Dang Gui (Angelica, aka Chinese Angelica) nourishes Blood and relieves pain
- Di Gu Pi (Lycium, aka wolfberry root) nourishes Yin and clears deficient Heat
- Duo Huo (Angelica, aka angelica root) dispels Wind, Cold and Dampness and relieves pain
- Du Zhong (Eucommia, aka Eucommia Bark) strengthens the back
- Gu Sui Bu (Drynaria, aka drynaria rhizome) tonifies Kidney Yang and strengthens bones
- Huang Bai (Phellodendron, aka phellodendron bark) nourishes Yin and clears Heat
- Mu Dan Pi (Moutan, aka cortex of peony tree root) cools Blood, clears Heat, and resolves stagnation
- Qin Jiao (Gentiana, aka large leaf gentian root) clears Wind-Damp and nourishes Yin
- Sheng Di Huang (Rehmannia, aka Chinese foxglove root) clears Heat and nourishes Yin
- Ze Kie (Alisma, aka common water plantain) drains Damp and benefits urination
Dr. Huisheng Xie, founder of the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL, created Di Gu Pi San specifically for animals.
Di Gu Pi San works best when combined with Eastern Food Therapy, plenty of water, and moderate exercise.
Powerful Tools for Overcoming Cat Arthritis Challenges
There are many quick and easy changes you can make at home to help you give your cat an edge on easing cat arthritis pain.
- Learn more about cat arthritis.
- Try cooking for your cat or feeding a high-quality wet cat food. Home-cooked diets and wet food help keep your cat from gaining too much weight. In turn, less weight means less stress on your cat’s bones and joints.
- Provide joint support. PET | TAO’s Harmonize Joint is a blend of Eastern herbs and Western supplements working together to lubricate and restore your cat’s joints.
- Try Freeze Dried Kidney Treats. According to TCVM, Kidney controls the bones and joints and supports arthritic challenges in a “like treats like” manner.
- Learn more about TCVM Herbal Remedies. Chinese medicine offers many amazing natural solutions for cat arthritis. Some good examples are:
Note: Information on this site is provided for educational purposes only and is not meant to substitute the advice provided by your own veterinarian.