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Elbow dysplasia in your dog
There are many different types of ailments that can affect our dogs. Many we don't find out until later because dogs will not start showing symptoms until well into the disease. However, elbow Dysplasia is an abnormal growth of cells, bone or tissue and can be detected between 4 and 10 months.
The Dysplasia abnormality can lead to your dog becoming lame if not treated. There is a type of condition similar to this that affects males more than females. Typically this condition is found in the larger breeds like Labs, Rottiweilers, Chows and other giant breeds.
In the condition that affects the males more than the females, the bone fragment is located in the inner surface of the upper ulna. This ulna bone is located in the foreleg just below the elbow joint. Either way, both conditions need to be checked by a vet.
Not all large dogs will show symptoms when they are young even if they are affected. If your dog shows signs of forelimb lameness that can also be irritated by exercise, which then turns to stiffness, this could be a sign of elbow Dysplasia. Also, when the dog extends or flexes his elbow or the dog will hold the affected limb away from his body.
The cause of this condition is not only genetic but can be caused by nutritional or developmental issues. It is important for you to get your pup to the vet for a medical examination. The vet will be able to make a diagnosis after a series of tests to eliminate other causes for the symptoms.
The symptoms can mean a number of things like joint trauma, possible infection or even some sort of arthritis. The Doctor will take x-rays of the affected limb as well as the other and run more tests before coming to a conclusion. If it is determined to be Elbow Dysplasia, then surgery might be recommended.
After the surgery, you should apply ice compresses throughout the day to help with swelling and additional medications might be prescribed. You should keep your dog contained to minimize any movement for the first couple of days. Give assistance with movement to the dog and encourage some movement.
If you monitor your dogs diet you can help prevent the onset of Dysplasia. Keeping them from rapidly growing by managing their diet can help. If you have a dog that has been diagnosed with Dysplasia, it's best that you do not breed them.
This is a fairly common condition in large dogs so don't worry. If you got your dog from a breeder, it's important to notify them of the condition. Your dog can continue to live a happy life just remember to get him yearly checkups with the vet.