Dogs with Arthritis: Genetics

Do genetics really play a part in your dog’s health?

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Short Answer:  Yes.

Larger breed dogs are more prone to have problems with arthritis. A specific example of this is Hip Dysplasia. Hip Dysplasia is looseness in the ball and socket joint located in a dog’s hips. It can develop during growth spurts and can be passed on to the next litter.

It is also the most common cause of arthritis in dogs.

Labradors, Great Danes, and St. Bernards are a few types of larger breed dogs that are susceptible to Hip Dysplasia. Surgery is one option and it leaves your dog with a loss of range of motion.

It’s important to check with the breeder before selecting your pup and have regular vet checkups. Hip Dysplasia can be debilitating for your dog,  but it is also can be complicated by certain factors:  over-exercise, over-feeding, and lack of exercise. The same factors that complicate arthritis.

Natural herbal products can help your dog maintain a healthy lifestyle and provide a non-surgical option.

~The Get Up and Go! Team

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