As our dogs age, one of the more visible signs of their years beginning to catch up with them is the gradual lack of mobility, something that many senior dogs display. Caring for and understanding our dog's joints can have a dramatically positive impact on their movement as they move in to their late adult life-stage.
The following are just a few of the many such disorders that can have a detrimental impact on your dog's joints:
- Obesity in any breed but especially in the large and giant breeds.
- Mechanical trauma such as falls and jumping mishaps.
- Torn ligaments in any joint but especially the stifle joint in toy or miniature Poodles. (Cruciate disease)
- Chronic dislocating patella (slipped knee cap), most common in toy breeds.
- Osteochondritis dissecans, a disease of young dogs.
- Hip dysplasia.
- Degenerative Joint Disease