Chow Chow Dogs and Joint Problems: How can we help relieve pain?

Owner's question

"Hi! My Chow Chow, named Molly, has recently started limping and is visibly in pain when we try to play. I have read that this breed is prone to joint problems. What can I do to help her?"

Veterinarian's answer

"Hi! You are very correct that you recognize the Chow Chow breed's predisposition to joint problems. This breed is particularly prone to anterior hip dysplasia (CHD) and anterior elbow dysplasia (CED), which can cause joint pain and stiffness.

But don't worry, there are strategies and treatment options to help Molly feel better!

The first and most important thing you need to do is visit a vet!

It will be their job to make a formal diagnosis and develop an individualized treatment plan for Molly. This will usually involve x-rays and other diagnostic tests.

The treatment plan usually includes painkillers and anti-inflammatories to help relieve pain and inflammation. In addition, nutritional supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin can promote joint health and reduce joint inflammation.

Your Chow Chow may also need exercise and weight control, as excess weight can put additional strain on the joints and aggravate the condition.

A vet can help determine the best exercise plan and diet for Molly.

In severe cases, where conservative treatment is not effective, the vet may recommend surgical intervention such as total hip replacement (THR), which can provide lasting relief.

CHD and CED are chronic conditions that are likely to last a lifetime, but with the right treatment, your Chow Chow can live a happy and active life. Thank you for being a caring owner to Molly and I wish you the best of luck with her treatment!"