While welcoming a new dog into the family is a very fun and exciting idea, it shouldn’t ever be a spontaneous decision.
Sharing your home with man’s best friend is undeniably rewarding in many ways, but it also comes with its own set of responsibilities — not the least of which is making sure they’re happy and healthy. That’s why it’s so important that you thoroughly research the type of dog you’re thinking about adopting beforehand. Not only do all breeds have their own quirks and behaviors, but their own health risks as well. So if you’re thinking about bringing home any of the 10 popular breeds below, here are the common health problems you need to consider first.
1. Golden retrievers are some of the sweetest and most loyal dogs around, which is what makes it so heartbreaking that the majority of them develop cancer. You can work to reduce the environmental factors that may contribute to canine cancer by limiting their exposure to secondhand smoke, pesticides and phenoxy herbicides, keeping them fit and lean, and making regular visits to the vet.
2. Dachshunds are at a higher risk for back injuries and spinal disk problems because of their elongated backs. The best prevention is keeping them at a healthy weight and limiting them from jumping off of furniture and climbing up the stairs.
3. Like other large breeds, German shepherds are prone to getting hip dysplasia, a congenital disorder in which hip sockets are too loose and the femur causes damage. The first thing you can do is find a reputable breeder and ask whether the parents have been screened for hip dysplasia. If your pup already has it, though, moderate exercise, supplements that support joint health, anti-inflammatory or pain-relieving medication and heated beds can help with the pain.