Elbow Dysplasia in the German Shepherd


hi everybody this is Devi with total dash german shepherd.com and today i want to talk to you a little bit about something that is was one of the problems that does happen occasionally with German shepherds there’s something called – elbow dysplasia now what exactly is elbow dysplasia elbow dysplasia is the term for an elbow joint that is malformed especially when you you know you look at it on x-rays you can tell but it’s is it’s not formed correctly basically elbow dysplasia refers to several conditions that can affect the elbow joint now this disease often affects both of the dog’s front legs an affected dog may show for limb lameness as well as elbow pain and in mildly affected dogs the only consequence may be arthritis but in dogs that are more severely affected they may have problems such as osteochondritis dissecans also called OCD and a lot of other problems may occur as the result of stress on the joint now while this is considered an inherited defect there are environmental factors such as diet activity and trauma that also have a role in the development in the progression of this disease so how is elbow dysplasia inherited in the dogs well this is considered a polygenic condition meaning that there has to be more than one gene necessary to cause this disease now there can be other factors as well like we said before there can be environmental factors such as you know if you overfeed your dog which causes weight gain now this weight gain and growth can also affect the development of the condition and dogs that are Janell genetically predisposed to it in the first place now what dog breeds are affected by elbow dysplasia well there are quite a few so let’s let’s go over them quickly now many large dog breeds are affected and it seems that elbow dysplasia is more commonly found in male dogs than in females now affected dog breeds include the basset hound Bernese Mountain Dog the bloodhound the Bouvier des Flandres the Chow German Shepherd Golden Retriever Great Pyrenees Irish Wolfhound Labrador Retriever Mastiff Newfoundland Rottweiler Saint Bernard in the Weimaraner there are other large breed dogs may also be affected by this so what exactly this elbow dysplasia mean to you and your dog if you have happen to have a dog who is diagnosed with this now basically lameness starts as early as about seven to ten months of age and it is present you know if your dog gets elbow dysplasia this is present every day and it may be most obvious and your dog especially when it gets that first thing in the morning or if it starts to run or to walk now the prognosis depends on just how far the disease is progressed when you actually start treatment for the condition so if your dog you know there are good clinical results that can be seen if the treatment is started early on your dog you know well before osteoarthritis is developed but if left untreated your dog’s pain and nameless lameness will usually get worse over time how is elbow dysplasia diagnosed in the first place now because the initial lameness may be very hard to you know to see or in sometimes it’s very subtle it might be you know sometime before you can actually document it or you don’t have it diagnosing your dog now x-rays are necessary to diagnose elbow dysplasia in your dog however so your veterinarian will probably x-ray both the dogs elbows because this disease is often pressing both sides even if your dog is only lame on one side or the other if possible your dog excuse me your veterinarian may do a CT scan and this technique will also show certain bone fragments better than plain x-ray films might show up so how do you treat elbow dysplasia now treatment consists of surgical correction of whatever complications are present you know if needed weight control is also very important over the long term for success of you know any surgical are also for you know maintaining medical management of this condition now medical management recommendations include that you avoid excess weight gain and that you control the amount of exercise with the dog you know engages in now there are medications such as you know non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications that are helpful and a lot of times glucosamine may also be from their prescribed yeah excuse me so breeding advice well basically if you know that your dog has elbow dysplasia or hasit in their in their background you know you just it’s just better just not to breathe affected dogs or dogs that have produced offspring that have elbow dysplasia now the OFA maintains an elbow registry screening program has to do a lot of European organizations so just you know bottom line if your dog has it or if your dog has produced any offspring that have it you know don’t read your dog so basically if you’d like some more information about the german shepherd if you want to come by check out some videos you know read some more articles look at some pictures just 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  1. mackicoA090211 says:

    If the Elbow Dysplasia is bilateral, they might be limping in BOTH legs at once, so you might not even be able to tell they're limping at all. That happened with my boy.

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