Common health issues
- Elbow dysplasia is actually a collective term which refers to the effects of one or more diseases of the elbow joint which result in pain and arthritis. Many of these problems can affect both elbows and result in forelimb lameness and elbow pain, often requiring surgical correction.
Cervical Vertebral Instability
- Cervical vertebral instability results from instability of the vertebrae in the neck. Chronic compression of the spinal cord leads to weakness in the hind limbs, and if severe, can progress to weakness in the front limbs, as well. Cervical vertebral instability can be managed medically if it is mild, but often requires extensive surgery and physical therapy to correct.
- Panosteitis is inflammation of the long bones that causes pain and lameness in young large breed dogs. The pain occurs in both the front and hind limbs and can seem to shift between different limbs. Eventually, dogs will outgrow the condition, but may need medication to alleviate discomfort for severe symptoms.
- Seborrhea is an alteration of normal skin cell growth or turnover. It results in chronic, excessive scaling of the skin. Affected dogs also have excessive greasiness of the skin and hair. Seborrheic dogs are more prone to bacterial and fungal infections of the skin and generally require symptomatic treatment of chronic skin problems throughout their life.
- Platelets in the blood are partially responsible for blood clotting. In this condition, platelets are abnormal and do not aggregate to form clots. Affected dogs are susceptible to bruising and hemorrhage from injury. Mild cases are easily controlled, but more severe cases will need strict monitoring.