Which Dog Breeds Have The Most Joint Problems?
Unlike other diseases that always come unexpectedly, joint problems can actually be pre-determined through dog breed. While there are various causes of joint problems, some dog breeds are naturally more vulnerable than others.
If your dog is one of the dog breeds with joint problems, it’s best that you supply them with the right nutrients from an early age.
What is a dog joint problem?
There are various kinds of joint problems such as osteoarthritis, septic arthritis, elbow and hip dysplasia, and so on.
While causes of joint issues might be different, symptoms are mostly the same. Joint problems are caused by irregularities in the cartilages in between the bones. These cartilages are supposed to work like a lever for the full-body mobility of your dogs.
This is why the most common sign of joint problems is discomfort when moving. They tend to limp while walking and hop while running.
When left unaddressed, this discomfort can cause lethargy, decreased appetite, and a decline of the immune system. This will make your dog vulnerable to more serious diseases.
What dog breeds are most prone to joint problems?
Larger dogs tend to be more prone to joint problems as their cartilages are expected to support more weight.
Great Danes, Labrador Retrievers, and Golden Retrievers are the most prone to osteoarthritis. Not only do they tend to have larger frames compared to other pet dogs, but they are also the most active ones- making them prone to fractures and bone breakage.
On the other hand, Corgis are prone to hip and elbow dysplasia. This is because of their irregular body structure. Their short legs support their large torso, making them vulnerable to hip and joint problems.
The same goes for another breed of small dogs, the Daschunds. They are also prone to hip dysplasia mainly because of the irregular size of their thighs. Daschunds can also acquire other back and spine problems as they tend to always position themselves upwards because of their low frame.
Rottweilers are prone to rupture cranial cruciate ligament, which is an important tissue inside the knee joints. This is mostly caused by obesity, as Rottweilers’ naturally thin legs cannot support big torsos.
How can you reduce the risk of joint problems in dogs?
A balanced diet and the right amount of exercise are two of the best ways to reduce the risk of joint problems.
Obesity can cause joint problems, especially for small dogs. This is why ensuring good digestive process can reduce the risk of joint ailments. Supplying the right amount of probiotics can help your dog easily expel out food excess while ensuring that their bodies absorb nutrients.
Aside from this, it is essential that you give your dogs hip and joint food supplements that are rich in anti-arthritis and joint lubricating nutrients. These nutrients include Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and Yucca. Not only do they reduce the risk of joint problems, but they also increase the mobility and flexibility of your dogs.
If your dog is one of the dog breeds with joint problems, you don’t have to be afraid. As long as you keep an eye on your dog and provide them with enough nutrients, your dog will be able to live a happy and active life.
Laura Robinson, DMV
Dr Laura practices at the Antonio Animal Hospital in California, where she was born and raised. She is an advisor to Wuffes, ensuring all our products and content is of the highest standard