Dogs with Arthritis: Top Dog Breeds Most Likely To Suffer From Arthritis
Watching your beloved pet suffering in pain and unable to do the activities he or she once loved can be heartbreaking. Whether you are a new parent of a pup or one of a senior dog, you may be wondering if your fur baby may be inclined to develop one of the most painful health issues. Make sure that you check out our video on the 9 Signs Your Dog Maybe Suffering From Arthritis so that you can have an idea as to what to watch for as your dog ages.
Here is a list of the Top Ten Dog Breeds Most Likely To Get Arthritis
Because they have sloped hindquarters they carry much of their weight on their hind legs and hips and because of this, they are prone to Hip Dysplasia, a condition that can lead to arthritis.
One major problem that most Labrador Retrievers encounter is a weight issue. These dogs are meant to be active and if they are left to sit around they will gain weight which adds more pressure and strain on their joints. Some people have even nicknamed them the “Flabrador”
Being such a large and heavy breed, they are naturally prone to arthritis because of the stress on their joints.
This is an animal that needs to exercise and keep their weight at a healthy level.
Old English Sheep Dogs
These bouncy playful dogs are prone to arthritis because of the amount of weight being thrushed down on their joints. Again like most of these large breeds weight is an issue.
Present day rottweilers have been bred to be very muscular. The one drawback to being this muscular is that they are too heavy for their frames. This extra weight adds a lot of stress on their joints. The only way to prevent this is to get a dog from a breeder who breeds the slimmer breed, which may be harder and harder to find. If you already have the larger more muscular breed you need to keep an eye for hip dysplasia and other joint problems.
Dachshund, Bulldogs, and Bassett Hounds
Although this is more than one breed these dogs belong to a group called chondrodystrophoid. In this group cartilage does not develop normally causing misalignment of the limbs and joints. Conditions like elbow dysplasia and patella luxation (floating kneecap) are very common in these breeds and because the limbs are not in alignment they are prone to excess stress and deterioration.
If you own a Newfoundland Dog you’ll know how fast they get big. One disadvantage of getting so big so fast is that they are prone to arthritis at a very young age-even as early as 3 years old.
Like the Newfoundland the St Bernard gets big very fast and has to carry a lot of weight. Proper exercise, weight management and preventive care are needed for this breed.
Like most other giant dogs this beauty can reach a whopping 230 lbs which is a lot of weight to carry. Like the Newfoundland and Saint Bernard you need to be very careful and keep a watchful eye as they age..
This is another breed that has the unfortunate disposition of inheriting hip dysplasia. Weight management, walking aids and special care is needed for these family dog favorites.
Even though this short list has the dogs most likely to get arthritis all dogs are likely to get arthritis if they live long enough. If your dog is not on the list, don’t take that for granted, keep an eye on them and know the signs and do as much preventative care as possible to keep your pet healthy and happy.