Have you ever felt that your dog is under the weather but you don't quite know what's wrong? You just have a feeling they're not quite themselves. It may be they're drinking too much water or maybe they're off their food, it may be they don't want to get up and play.
Whatever the signs, we strive to fix it and get them back to their healthy selves.
In this eBook, we uncover canine osteoarthritis in dogs. Also known as a degenerative joint disease (DJD), canine osteoarthritis is a progressive and permanent disease that affects the cartilage around a dog’s joints.
Packed full of advice from veterinary experts who explain more about the disease, we find out how to help dogs to live well after diagnosis.
In this eBook, you will find answers to everything from:
- Canine Osteoarthritis: What Is It?
- Canine Osteoarthritis: Managing The Disease
- Are Certain Dog Breeds Prone To Arthritis?
- Osteoarthritis In Young Dogs: Is My Dog At Risk?
- Joint Aid For Dogs: An Introduction - What They Do & Do They Work?
- Living With Canine Osteoarthritis
Any breed of dog can develop osteoarthritis. However, genetics do play a role and some breeds are significantly more prone to it than others.
Large breed dogs. In general, large breed dogs tend to be more prone to developing osteoarthritis. This may be because their higher weight increases day-to-day stress on their joints thus making them more susceptible.
German Shepherds. German Shepherds appear to be a particularly susceptible breed. Many individuals have an abnormal elbow joint, immediately increasing the probability of that elbow developing osteoarthritis. German Shepherd hips are also very susceptible. A 2001 study done at School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, involving over 15,000 dogs consisting of German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Rottweilers showed that the risk of Germans Shepherds developing osteoarthritis in their hips was about five times the combined risk of the other three breeds.[/su_spoiler]