It’s widely known that joint stiffness is more common in older dogs. But sadly some breeds are more at risk of joint issues due to their genetics and anatomy. All pet parents should be on the lookout for the signs of joint stiffness, but you should keep a particularly close eye on your pup if they’re a certain breed!
Sometimes it’s hard to spot the signs of stiffness. Dogs tend to hide their discomfort and can be very tolerant. This is why the signs of stiffness are so hard to spot until it’s too late. Stiffness can occur in any joint, but is most commonly found in the shoulders, hips, elbows, and knees. Here are some things to look out for in your dog:
Labradors Retrievers often stay very playful throughout their entire life, which is why they make great pets. But their higher activity levels, large size and genetics make this breed more susceptible to joint issues, especially:
There is a greater risk of stiffness in Dachshunds due to their long shape and short legs. This pairing increases the likelihood of knee, hip and back issues – especially if your sausage dog has put on some pounds.
Having said that, even the trimmest of Dachshunds can put a lot of strain on their very short legs.
Spaniels - Cocker, Cavalier King Charles, Springer
There are a few breed-specific issues to look for in your Spaniel:
Their flat-faced structure causes lots of breathing problems and overheating. Plus, they’re prone to joint stiffness due to their short and stocky nature. When exercising your Pug, opt for shorter walks and plenty of playtime and mentally stimulating toys.
Like any purebred dog, Retrievers are sometimes faced with genetically related health problems. For instance, they have short legs compared to their body size. What’s more, it’s crucial to keep your Retriever fit and active, as they tend to become overweight easily.
Your Golden Retriever will thrive with two hours of exercise each day, such as walks, running and lots of playtime and training. And they love a good game of fetch – it’s even in the name!
These gentle giants don’t like much exercise, but their size can cause problems as their heavy weight adds extra strain to their joints, so it’s important to monitor your St. Bernard as they grow older.
If you have some concerns about your dogs joint health, talk to your vet or your vet physio about exercises to help maintain mobility and what activities should be avoided.
You can also try adding joint-soothing supplements to their diet. It’s a common misconception that joint supplements are just for stiff, older dogs.
The truth is, all dogs have different health needs throughout their lives. But here’s some basic tips on how to support your dog’s joints:
In the early days, playtime is non-stop, but it’s important to be proactive to protect your pup from joint stiffness:
Your adorable puppy soon hits the troublesome teenager phase that’s prone to naughtiness. Here’s why a joint supplement is a good idea at this stage:
Sadly, our dogs slow down as they grow up. Keep a close eye on your ageing dog with these top tips: