Ageing Dog Care
|| Basics Dog Training Article Directory || Dog Breeds Directory ||  Dog Nutrition Directory
For More Infromation Related To Issues On This Page,
Place Cursor Over Double UnderLined Green Links. Info Supplied By

Basics Dog Training Home Page

Aging Dog Care
More Articles About
Caring For An Older Dog .
Tips, Questions
And Answers

Dog Hemorrhoids
Guide To Diagnosing And Treating Dog Hemorrhoids 

Dog Health Problems
Your veterinarian is one of the most important people in your dog's life.  You should choose your veterinarian just as you select your own doctor..

Dog Health Emergencies
During an emergency or an accident, you can reduce your dog’s immediate pain.......

 Pet  Grooming

There are a number of pet grooming  methods that can be used to groom your dog ....

Joint Problems That Afflict Aging Dogs

When dogs lie down in their normal position, the major portion of their weight is supported by their elbows, especially when on hard surfaces. With the passage of sufficient time, and as your dog gets older, the hair covering the elbows disappears as the constant pressure destroys the local hair follicles. In response to this same pressure the skin undergoes hyperkeratinization, a thickening and toughening process, and callouses are formed.

A similar process can take place in the skin covering the hock joints, but this is less frequent. The rate at which these callouses form is directly proportional to the size and weight of your dog. They are rarely seen in Chihuahuas or other toy breeds, regardless of age, but occur with great frequency in German shepherds, Dobermans, Newfoundlands, Great Danes, and most other giant breeds as early as five years of age.

As a rule they cause no problems. If they seem inordinately dry or hard, gently rubbing in a small amount of white petrolatum ointment once or twice a week should keep them soft enough to avoid any difficulties. Once in a while they do get so hard that they start to crack, developing raw fistulas which readily become infected. Your dog will lick at them and compound the problem by irritating the skin. When callouses reach this stage, they need prompt veterinary attention.

The following are just a few of the many disorders affecting older dogs joints. Obesity in any breed but especially in the large and giant breeds. Mechanical trauma such as falls and jumping mishaps. Torn ligaments in any joint but especially the stifle joint in toy or miniature poodles. Chronic dislocating patella (slipped knee cap), most common in toy breeds. Osteochondritis dissecans, a disease of young dogs. Hip dysplasia.

There are more information articles on all aspects of basics dog training, dog health issues, dog grooming and dog nutrition  in
John Mailer's article directory

click me


Practice with this free online basics dog training lesson 


Recommended partner article information sites:
How To Prevent Identity Theft  || || Begin Snowboarding || Money Making Opportunities

|| Articles on Health Issues ||  House and Garden Ideas || 

Terms & Conditions || Privacy Policy || Contact Us || Disclaimer || About Us |
Copyright 2007 http://www.BasicsDogTraining .com
Joint Problems That Afflict Aging Dogs

Thank you for visiting Basics Dog Training