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Joint Problems in Dogs

Golden retriever with brace on right hind leg


Overview


Unfortunately joint conditions in dogs are all too common, particularly in large breed dogs. Joint problems can either be genetic or the result of the accident. Two common examples of genetic joint problems are luxating patellas and hip dysplasia. These joint problems are degenerative and happen over time. The most common accident-related join problems in dogs are broken bones and cruciate ligament tears.


Treatment


Treatment for joint problems depends on the type of problem and severity. In serious cases corrective surgery and rebab will be necessary for recovery. Milder joint problems like sprains and strains can be treated with immobilizing braces and rest.

Surgery and other treatments can cost thousands of dollars and pet insurance can help you pay the bills if your dog need medical care.


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