Small dogs suffer from degenerative diseases that create joint pain as well Legg-Calve Perthes Disease or LCPD which affects small breeds like Miniature Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers and West Highland White Terriers. LCPD is a childhood condition that occurs when blood supply to the ball part femoral head of the hip joint is temporarily interrupted and the bone begins to die.
Wobbler’s Syndrome is caused by a smaller than normal spinal canal within the dog’s vertebrae, which inhibits neural impulses and creates instability in the dog’s anatomy including the joints. This disease is rare in most breeds, but Great Danes and Doberman Pinschers are often affected. Wobbler’s Disease is very serious, and can eventually lead to paralysis.
It is difficult to determine why intervertebral disk disease occurs, but genetics play a factor. Certain breeds, including Dachshunds, Basset Hounds, Beagles, Cocker Spaniels, Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apsos, Pekingese and Corgis are more prone to this disease.
Dog breeds prone to Canine Hip Dysplasia Bulldog, Otterhound, Clumber Spaniel, St. Bernard, Newfoundland Dog, American Staffordshire Terrier, Bullmastiff, Bloodhound, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherd, Great Danes.
Dog breeds prone to Elbow Dysplasia Chow Chow, Rottweiler, Chinese Shar-Pei, Bernese Mountain Dog, Newfoundland Dog, German Shepherd, Bloodhound, Bullmastiff, English Setter, Swiss Mountain Dog.
Dog breeds prone to luxated patella or knee cap slip Miniature and Toy Poodles, Yorkshire Terriers, West Highland White Terriers, Maltese, Jack Russell Terriers, Yorkies, Pomeranians, Pekingese, Chihuahuas, Papillions, Boston Terriers, Boykin, cocker spaniels, Basset Hounds and Dachshunds. Mostly smaller breeds suffer from luxated patella due to their abnormal anatomical structure.
Dog breeds prone to arthritis German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers, Dachshunds, Newfoundland Dog, St. Bernard, Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Great Danes and Old English Sheep Dogs.