Is Your Dog in Danger

(Image via PetMD)

(Image via PetMD)

Cody Martinez, Writer

If I told you that your dog was suffering you probably wouldn’t believe me, right? However, a good amount of dog breeds are in really bad health or prone to health conditions down the road. So the cutest dog to you could be suffering or in horrible pain. Without making this problem known people are clueless about their dogs when they could be helping to reduce their physical pain. Some possible problems with dogs are bone and muscle structure, disease, or a decreased life span. 

  One of the things dogs can suffer from is something called hip, shoulder, and elbow dysplasia. According to AKC, this means that when the joints don’t fit or develop properly and are grinding and rubbing instead of sliding smoothly as joints should. While little dogs can get this, larger dogs are more prone to it and overall most likely to get it. Some breeds with this condition are Rottweiler, Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, German shepherds, and St Bernards. Ways to help the dogs with this and make it easier on them is weight reduction, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and joint fluid modifiers. 

A lot of dog breeds also have eye problems and can get diseases. AKC says dog breeds such as Pugs, Shih Tzu’s, and bulldogs that are flat-faced or are brachycephalic are very likely to suffer from corneal exposure and corneal dystrophies. Eye diseases can develop from other health conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers. These can affect the dogs by causing discomfort to the eyes or even loss of eyesight. So when breeding dogs like this to be very careful and make sure you take care of them or else the can go blind. Sense dog eyes are very similar to human eyes, one way to help this problem dogs have is laser eye surgery, they can get laser eye surgery and it will be as effective as human eye surgery. 

We need to be careful with backyard breeding. The idea of backyard breeding is mating your dogs with ill planning, little preparation, and little to no training of breeding dogs. Backyard breeding is motivated by money. Backyard breeding is very dangerous with dogs because this type of breeding can cause both short and long term dangers to dogs. In most cases of this kind of breeding dogs are kept in close, confined quarters and they have to stay there for long periods of time, having to sleep and eat in their own filth. They can be miserable and if they are like this for too long they can even lose their ability to reproduce.

    At the end of the day, we need to take care of our dogs and help them meet their medical needs to keep them healthy and safe. Dogs need to be cared for, loved, and treated with respect when we disrespect dogs just to make a quick buck we can be making these dogs miserable and creating health problems that can last generations for them, or even end their doggy bloodline.