Elbow dysplasia is an inherited condition that typically affects both elbows of a pet. Affecting intermediate and larger dog breeds, typically between the ages of four and six months, this condition causes malformation of the elbow joint. Some dog breeds are more susceptible to this condition, such as the Akita, Belgian Malinois, Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Rhodesian Ridgeback and Rottweiler breeds.
Elbow dysplasia symptoms can vary in severity, however, it may cause pain, discomfort, lameness, or in worse case scenarios, crippling can occur. X-rays are taken to diagnose this condition while the dog is anesthetized or sedated due to positioning requirements. Treatment depends on severity, however, the possible treatment options are a variety of medications, exercise programs, and surgery if absolutely necessary. Since levels of severity differ, the cost of treatments also range and surgery can cost several hundred dollars. If not treated, arthritis may develop in the elbow joints as well.
To learn more about elbow dysplasia in pets, check out our Pet Health Concerns Guide. By enrolling your pet with Trupanion pet insurance, your cat or dog’s policy will include coverage for diagnostic tests, medications, surgeries, hereditary and congenital disorders, as long as treatment for a certain condition is required after enrolling and is not pre-existing.
Has your pet ever experienced any problems with elbow dysplasia? If so, we would love to hear from you and any comments, advice, experiences, of thoughts on this condition.