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Should I be concerned about canine arthritis if my dog is a mixed breed?

Asked a year ago

My next-door neighbor's dogs had a large litter of puppies, and he wanted to give me one. The cool thing about them is that they are a cross between a golden retriever and a poodle. I want to plan for the future with my puppy, but I'm concerned that it may have inherited arthritis from either parent. should I be concerned?

Abel Bonner

Sunday, March 05, 2023

Mixed-breed dogs tend to actually be healthier than purebreds. That said, both Golden retrievers and poodles are especially susceptible to arthritis, and poodles often start showing signs of arthritis much earlier than other dogs.

Just in case, it’s a good idea to start taking steps to protect your dog’s joints. You can do this by feeding a high-quality diet, making sure your dog isn’t overweight and offering some joint-protecting supplements. Exercise is also important, but be careful — walking and hiking are better options than running to improve muscle tone while avoiding stress injuries.

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