The American Dog Trainers Network

CANINE HEALTH -- JOINT PROBLEMS

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Elbow Dysplasia

Contibuting Causes:

    Genetic Breeds and phenotypes most suseptable: Many large breed dogs.

Traditional Treatments:

Alternative Treatments:

General Advice:

    Keep dog from becoming overweight.



 

Hip Dysplasia

Contibuting Causes:

    Genetic


 

Breeds and phenotypes most suseptable:

    Many large breed dogs, such as: German Shepherd Dogs, English Mastiffs, Neopolitan Mastiffs, Bullmastiffs, Newfoundlands, Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, etc.


 

Traditional Treatments:

    Medications such as Rymidyl* (see: "Medications" below)

    Hip joint replacement surgery

    *With some medications there may be a risk of liver complications in certain dogs.  Thorough research is recommended before considering the use of any medication  to help relieve pain due to hip dysplasia or arthritis.


 

Alternative Treatments:

    Nutritional supplements (get specific info re nutrients for this condition).


 

General Advice:

    Prevent overly rapid growth during adolescence.

    Large-breed adolescents should begin eating a nadult dog food or a puppy food specifically developed for large-breed puppies. Keep dog from becoming overweight.
    B Patella Luxation


 

Contibuting Causes:



 

Breeds and phenotypes most suseptable:

    Toy breeds are especially prone to patella luxation (dislocated kneecaps).

    "Bunning hopping" (or limping with back leg) may be a symptom of this condition.


 

Traditional Treatments:

Alternative Treatments:

General Advice:

    Keep dog from becoming overweight.



 

Ruptured Cruciate Ligament (Knees Joint)

    Both the anterior (front) and posterior (back) ligaments cruciate ligaments are located within the knee joints. In most cases the anterior ligament is more commonly ruptured, but in the more serious cases, the posterior ligament may rupture also. Should either (or both) become torn or ruptured, it can be very painful, causing the dog to limp or hop. Eventually, the knee joint may become filled with fluid and look puffy.


 

Contibuting Causes:

    Physical trauma, severe twisting, skidding, etc.


 

Breeds and phenotypes most suseptable:



 

Traditional Treatments:



 

Alternative Treatments:



 

General Advice:

    Keep dog from becoming overweight.



 

Slipped Spinal Discs

    Often extremely painful and debilitating.


 

Breeds and phenotypes most suseptable:

    Short-legged, long-backed breeds such as Dacshunds, Bassett Hounds and Corgis are most commonly affected.


 

Contributing Causes:

    Jumping off of high surfaces, such as beds and furniture.


 

Traditional Treatments:



 

Alternative Treatments:



 

General Advice:

    Temporarily reduce or eliminate exercise. Lots of rest. No jumping or using stairs. Keep dog from becoming overweight.



 

Hospitals

    Animal Medical Center (212)838-8100

    Penn Hip



 

Organizations



 

Orthopedic Specialists

    Dr. Sean Laken, DVM (Board Certified)
    Animal Medical Center
    New York, NY
    (212)838-8100

    Dr. Lori Ludwig, DVM (Board Certified)
    Animal Medical Center
    New York, NY
    (212)838-8100

    Dr. Robert Palmer, DVM (Board Certified)
    Animal Medical Center
    New York, NY
    (212)838-8100

    Dr. Andrew Sams, DVM (Board Certified)
    Animal Medical Center
    New York, NY
    (212)838-8100

    Dr. Isis Sanchez, DVM (Board Certified)
    Animal Medical Center
    New York, NY
    (212)838-8100



 

Universities

    Cornell University
    Tufts University



 

Medications

Medications* recently developed to support joint health and ease arthritis and joint-related pain in dogs:

    Arthramine
    (800)888-3858

    ArthraRose
    (800)738-5464

    ArthraSyn
    (888)848-3348

    Hip Health
    (800)560-1611

    Rymidyl


*With some medications there may be a risk of liver complications in certain dogs.  Thorough research is recommended before considering the use of any medication  to help relieve pain due to hip dysplasia or arthritis.


 

Products

K9 Carts:

    Vet Orthopedic Cart (for dogs with no back leg support)
    (406)995-3111 (inquiries, info)
    (800)578-6960 (orders)



 

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