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   1. A genetic disease of mid-sized to large breed dogs.  

   2. Poorly-formed hip joints (ball and socket type).

  • Shallow socket.
  • Ball does not fit tightly into socket.
   3. Abnormal wear leads to the development of arthritis and degenerative joint disease (DJD).
   4. Arthritis and DJD cause pain and lameness.

Prevention and Management:

   1. Feed large breed puppies a large breed puppy chow or adult food.

  • Growing slowly and maintaining proper weight slow the progression of DJD and arthritis.

   2. Proper exercise regimen.

  • Frequent walking and swimming.
  • Playing fetch and vigorous activities with quick changes in direction will speed the development of arthritis and DJD and should be avoided.

   3. Weight management.

  • Obese and overweight dogs develop arthritis and DJD more quickly than dogs of ideal body condition.
  • Feed measured amounts of a high quality, low calorie food in 2 meals per day - weigh your pet monthly and adjust feeding amounts accordingly.
  • Give small amounts of fruits and vegetables (not onions) as treats.

   4. Anti-inflammatory drugs.

  • Deramaxx, Rimadyl, or Aspirin.
  • Side effects may include vomiting, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and gastro-intestinal ulceration and bleeding (tar-like stool) - give with food and notify your doctor if your dog develops any of these signs.

   5. Glucosamine and chondroiton sulfate supplements such as Glycoflex and Cosequin.

  •  Replenishes the natural components of healthy joints.
  • Very safe for long term use.
  • Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. Only use quality brand name products.

   6. In cases with severe arthritis and DJD - strict rest is indicated.

  •  In a crate when unattended.
  • No stairs, running, or jumping.
  • Outside on a leash only.