21 Most Common Large Breed Health Problems
A health condition that affects all dogs, arthritis is a joint disorder that gets worse as the dog grows older. Large dog breeds are especially at risk because of their weight and growth patterns; they also tend to exhibit symptoms earlier than smaller dogs.
Additionally, many dogs are genetically pre-disposed and that is one of the factors that can speed up the onset of the disorder. Other factors that accelerate the condition are high-calorie diets, obesity and joint changes. Although you cannot prevent the disease, you may slow it down by providing your dog the best possible diet and keeping them lean and healthy.
The symptoms of arthritis in dogs include stiffness, limping, lethargy, reluctance to move around, difficulties in performing usual activities and an overall slowing down. Finally, bear in mind that large breeds have a high tolerance for pain and may not show severe signs of discomfort.