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10 dog breeds most prone to joint and hip issues

10 dog breeds most at risk of hip dysplasia
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While any breed of dog can develop hip and joint problems, hip dysplasia is more common in medium to large pedigree dogs, including German Shepherds, Golden Retrievers and the much-loved Labrador Retriever.

Hip dysplasia is a genetic disease affected by factors such as diet, environment, exercise, growth rate, hormones, and muscle mass. The common canine disorder, which results in the loosening of the hip joint, is a painful condition that occurs during the growth stage in dogs.

According to The Scotsman, other breeds likely to suffer include French Bulldogs, Newfoundlands and Saint Bernards. Signs of hip dysplasia include reluctance to rise or jump, shifting the weight to the forelimbs, and loss of muscle mass on the rear limbs.

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If you own a dog that is at risk of hip dysplasia, the PDSA say you should feed and exercise them correctly, especially when they are growing. It is vital you keep your pups fit, however too much exercise could make the condition worse. When it comes to mealtime, they are more likely to have problems later in life if they don't have the correct nutrition as a puppy.

The vets advise: "It's also very important to speak openly to your vet about your finances, the cost of treatment, as well as what you think is right for your dog. There are often several treatment options so if one doesn't work for you and your pet then your vet may be able to offer another."

Take a look at the full list below...

1. German Shepherd

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2. Golden Retriever

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3. Chesapeake Bay Retriever

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4. French Bulldog

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5. Boxer

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6. Newfoundland

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7. Rottweiler

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8. Labrador Retriever

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9. Saint Bernard

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10. Pug

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