Some dogs develop a painful hip problem called hip dysplasia. It’s most common in large breeds such as Labs, Golden Retrievers and German Shepherds, and can lead to arthritis later in life. A dog with hip dysplasia will have trouble running and getting up, and may seem to lack energy.
Once a dog shows lameness, there are two treatment methods. One involves managing the pain with medication. The other involves surgery to repair the joint. Some young dogs with hip dysplasia are candidates for a preventive procedure that is similar to a hip replacement in humans. It all starts with an x-ray to see if your dog really has a problem.
Normal wear and tear on joints occurs daily. Cartilage protects your dog’s bones and joints from the friction caused by everyday movement. Natural glucosamine—a building block of cartilage tissue—can help maintain cartilage for healthy joints and mob
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Don’t just assume your dog’s ears itch if he scratches them frequently. It may be a sign of a painful infection. Contact your veterinarian if you notice any of the following changes: ear discharge, a strange odor and head shaking.