Dog owner question:
"My Anatolian Sheepdog has severe hip problems and very sensitive skin. Why is this happening and what can I do about it?"
"Anatolian Sheepdogs are a large-bodied breed, which predisposes them to hip dysplasia, a common condition in large-bodied dogs.
In addition, the breed also typically has sensitive skin.
Here is some advice for you to consider:
- Hip dysplasia: Hip dysplasia is a genetic predisposition, but its severity is also influenced by the dog’s diet and physical activity. A low calorie but high nutrient diet is recommended, and excessive weight gain should be avoided. Moderate, regular exercise, such as swimming, can help strengthen muscles and increase hip stability. In severe cases, surgical intervention may be necessary!
- Sensitive Skin. It is important to follow a diet and grooming routine that will help maintain skin health. In some cases, a special diet or medication for an allergic reaction may be the answer.
- Veterinary Check-ups. The vet can recommend the most appropriate treatment and care.
The Anatolian Sheepdog is a wonderful breed, but like all breeds it has genetic predispositions to certain health problems.
A good diet, regular exercise and proper skin care, as well as regular veterinary check-ups, can help to manage these problems and ensure a long and healthy life for your dog!"