Health
Hip dysplasia: When the ball joint of the leg does not fit well in the hip socket, it is known as hip dysplasia and it leads to arthritis. To reduce the occurance of the disease, responsible breeders X-ray their dogs to detect hip dysplasia and will not breed dyplastic dogs. Click here for more information.
Luxating patellas: In this condition, the kneecap pops out of position. Responsible breeders have their dogs checked for luxating patellas and will not breed animals that have them. Click here for more information.
Allergies: Just like humans, some dogs have allergies to food, insect bites, shampoos, mold, and other allergens. Excessive itching and scratching are the normal signs of an allergy. Click here for more information.
Hyperparathyroidism (HPT): HPT can cause loose teeth, brittle bones, and kidney damage. Click here for more information.