Joint problem is common for dogs and can affect them in different degrees. Some canines may experience only minor annoyances, while others may be affected to the point of being unable to walk or do any type of physical activity. Though any dog can potentially have joint issues in their hips, knees and elbows, some breeds are more prone to getting joint problems than others.
Canine arthritis is a degenerative disease that is characterized by pain and inflammation in a dog’s joints. Large and heavy dogs are more likely to suffer from arthritis as their bodies grow quickly and they participate in more intensive physical activities.
- German Shepherds
- Golden Retrievers
- Labrador Retrievers
- Great Danes
- Old English Sheep Dogs
While larger breeds of canines are known to be prone to joint issues, some dogs that tend to be smaller have more joint issues than the average breed. Canines that are part of the chondrodystrophoid group such as dachshunds, bulldogs and basset hounds, are genetically predisposed to joint and cartilage disorders. They may develop elbow incongruity, which happens when one leg bone stops growing. In addition, smaller dogs are also more prone to a condition called patellar luxation. It is a birth defect where the kneecap pops out of the thighbone, causing the knee to lock and the dog to skip or hop.
If your dog belongs to a breed that is more prone to getting joint problems, it is best to keep an eye out for the signs of joint pain – ranging from limping and panting to loss of appetite and lameness. After all, preventative health and early intervention should never be underestimated.