Elbow Dysplasia in Dogs

by Rachel Mahoney (Osteopath), B.App.Sci, M. Osteo, PGCertHS (Sports Med), Dip Animal Osteo, CCRP (current) ELBOW dysplasia is a developmental condition that can significantly affect a dog's quality of life. While larger breeds like German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Rottweilers, and Bernese Mountain Dogs have a higher risk, dogs of all breeds can develop the painful condition. Genetic predisposition is thought to be the main cause, however environmental influences, like excessive exercise and nutrition, through key puppy growth phases are also important factors in whether elbow dysplasia develops. There are four main subcategories that fall under the umbrella term of elbow...

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