The downside of the Finnish Hound’s active lifestyle: joint problems

Dog owner question

"Hi! I have a Finnish Hound who is always active and full of energy. He loves to run, play and exercise a lot. However, I noticed that he sometimes limps and seems to have pain in his legs. Is there anything I can do or is this just part of the breed?"

Vet's reply

"Hi! Finnish Hounds are very active and energetic dogs and this can bring a lot of joy to the owner.

However, unfortunately, the active lifestyle can also mean that they are at a higher risk of injuries and joint problems.

Lameness and leg pain can often indicate joint problems such as arthritis or dysplasia.

These problems can be caused by injuries, but genetic predisposition also plays a role.

If your dog is limping or seems to be in pain, make sure you take him to the vet. He or she will be able to determine exactly what is causing the problem and advise on the appropriate treatment. This may include medication, physiotherapy and sometimes surgery.

To prevent these problems, it is important to ensure your dog gets the right exercise without overdoing it!

Avoid overly intense and fast movements, such as long runs or high jumps, especially if your dog is young and his joints are still developing!

It's also a good idea to give your dog a balanced diet that contains the nutrients and vitamins he needs to maintain healthy joints. Ask your vet what supplements he recommends.

Remember that although Finnish Hounds are active dogs, they also need rest and recovery. Make sure they get enough rest and let them relax after exercise.

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I hope this answer has helped you to understand the joint problems of Finnish hounds. For any further questions, please feel free to contact me!

I wish you all the best and hope your puppy gets better soon!"