Luxating patella

A luxating patella, or “trick knee,” is common in dogs. The patella (kneecap) dislocates or moves out of its normal condition. Depending on the severity of the condition, it can be painful and may cause the dog to limp. Severe cases may require surgery.

Hypoallergenic

Hypoallergenic

Many people are allergic to the proteins in the skin cells or saliva of dogs. If a dog sheds, it is more likely to spread more dead skin cells (dander) along with its hair. However, many allergen researchers are skeptical that the term hypoallergenic should be used for any dog breed whether it sheds or…

Kennel cough

A highly infectious upper respiratory disease caused by various airborne bacteria and virus. It spreads easily and quickly among dogs in close quarters as when they are confined to kennels or shelters. Symptoms may include a dry cough, sneezing, gagging, and vomiting. Sometimes, but not always, the dog may have a fever. Dogs normally recover…

Hip dysplasia

Hip dysplasia

An abnormal formation of the hip socket can lead to lameness and arthritis. It is fairly common in dogs, especially larger breeds. It is genetic but can be influenced by environmental factors. Dogs with this condition may reduce movement of the affected hip and limp or “bunny hop” by moving both hind legs simultaneously.

Brachycephalic

Brachycephalic

A brachycephalic skull is relatively broad and short. For dogs, this means they have a short nose or flat face. Some common dog breeds with this condition are Boston Terriers, Bulldogs, Boxers, Pugs, and Pekingese.