Cardigan Welsh Corgi and joint problems: steps for prevention

Owner's question

"Greetings! I have a Cardigan Welsh Corgim and have read that this breed can be prone to joint problems. What symptoms should I look out for and how can I prevent such problems?"

Vet's detailed answer

"Hi! Asking this question shows how caring an owner you are for your Corgid.

Joint problems, such as osteoarthritis, are indeed common in Cardigan Welsh Corgis, especially in older age.

Because of their long bodies and short legs, Corgis can be prone to joint problems, especially hip and elbow joint dysplasia. These conditions can cause pain and stiffness in the dog, which can limit its movement.

Signs of the problem include limping, slowness of movement, avoidance of stairs, lack of interest in playing, reaction to pain when the affected joint is touched, and swelling of the joint.

If you notice any of these, take your dog to the vet immediately!

The key to prevention is good nutrition and regular, moderate exercise. Excess weight increases the stress on the joints, so it is important that your dog maintains a healthy weight.

A balanced, nutrient-rich diet that includes nutrients needed for bone and joint health, such as glucosamine and chondroitin, can help.

Regular, moderate exercise, such as walking or light play, helps keep joints flexible and strengthens the muscles that support joints. Avoid jumping and sudden changes of direction, which put a lot of strain on joints.

Joint problems are common in Cardigan Welsh Corgis, but can be prevented or treated with proper diet and exercise.

If you have any concerns about your dog's joints, always consult your vet."