Keeping Your Pembroke's Joints Healthy:
believe that since
Corgi's are a small breed that they don't suffer from the
affect's of hip and elbow dysplasia that the larger
breeds tend to suffer from. This however is not so much the
case. They do not have quite the incidence but it
is an issue in which we would like to address and to help you
keep your Corgi healthy and active into it's senior years.
What we do on our part is have our breeding stock tested to be clear from
dysplastic tendancies by having them cleared by Orthopedic Foundation for Animals (OFA).
at this they can still become dysplastic in their senior years but
is a way to help prevent some of it or at least prolong it's
onset. You can do this by supplementing them as puppies.
At 3 months of age until about 9 to 12 months I would recommend
supplementing them with a complete joint supplement that contains
chondroiton, glucosamine and ample amounts of Vitamin C to help
in the absorbtion of these joint enhancing minerals.
Products I personally recommend are Arthi-soothe, Arthi-soothe
Gold, or Joint Max. It has made sense for generations
that if we want strong bones as adults, we need to consume
enough calcium as children. Well, in the case of dogs and
their joints, the same principle applies to trying to grow
stronger and better during the growth phase of their lives.
Something else you can do, nearing their senior years at 6 or 7 years old it would be wise to start them on a dog
food formulated with the forementioned minerals in it. Many senior foods on the market today already have them as well
as other specifically targetted dog foods. Techically at 6 or 7 a dog is not considered a senior but this is actually
when non symptomatic signs of displaysia start setting in. It is better to be proactive and start them on it BEFORE
THEY START GETTING SORE IN THEIR JOINTS.