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Breed specific

  • Interverterbral disc disease can be very painful and is most commonly seen in dogs with long bodies on short, stocky legs. Dachshunds, Corgis and Basset Hounds are predisposed to this.
  • If your large or giant-breed dog is 5 years or older, he or she is considered a senior. Large breed dogs age faster than small and medium-breed dogs, which become seniors at age 7. Cats are considered senior around 9 years of age.
  • Pets can be allergic to almost all of the same allergens as people—even pet dander. Some breeds are more prone to allergens than others, especially flat-faced breeds.
  • Some breeds are predisposed to flatulence (gas), such as boxers, bulldogs and Boston terriers. Causes include food allergies, beans, dietary indiscretions and table scraps.Your veterinarian can discuss ways to resolve the problem.
  • Unexplained lameness especially in large or giant breed dogs is a very common sign of bone cancer. Radiographs of the affected area are useful for detecting cancer of the bone.