Cane Corso joint problems: how can we help our pet?

Owner's question:

"Welcome! We have a fantastic dog called Cane Corso, but unfortunately he has been having problems walking lately. He seems to have difficulty moving and sometimes seems to be in pain. Are there any specific joint problems I should be looking out for with him and what can I do to make his situation easier?"

Vet's detailed answer:

"Hi! You asked a very good question and I'm glad you're concerned about your Cane Corso's health.

Joint problems such as hip and elbow dysplasia are unfortunately common in larger bodied breeds, including Cane Corsos.

Hip and elbow dysplasia is a developmental disorder of the bones located in the hip or elbow joint. It can cause pain and limited mobility and can lead to arthritis in the long term.

If your dog has difficulty moving, limps or seems to be in pain, it could be a sign of hip or elbow dysplasia.

Such symptoms should always be taken seriously and you should see your vet immediately!

Unfortunately, there is no sure way to prevent hip and elbow dysplasia, but a balanced diet and moderate exercise can help reduce the risk.

It can also help if your dog does not gain weight, as excess weight increases the stress on the joints.

There are several treatment options for hip and elbow dysplasia, depending on how severe the condition is.

In mild cases, painkillers and anti-inflammatories can help. In more severe cases, surgery may be needed.

Finally, it is important to note that although joint problems are common in large dogs, this does not mean that all large dogs will suffer from them.

>>  The Havanese Dog and Separation Anxiety: Veterinarian Answers

The key is to take your dog to the vet regularly so that any problems can be detected early!

Your Cane Corso's joint problems can be serious, but can be treated with the right precautions and care. Always watch your dog's movements and consult a professional if you notice any changes."