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Success P e t s PEDIGREE PROBLEMS Any Dachshund owner will tell that the long spines that give us our classic good looks are prone to disc herniation. Many other pedigree pets have similar selective-breeding concerns. This doesn’t mean you need to get a mutt, just be aware…and you may want to consider pet insurance. T E X T BY M O R G A N “ T H E DAC H S H U N D ” L I N D S E Y HIP DISPLASIA One of the most documented canine musculoskeletal problems, the abnormal formation of the hip join is most common in large breeds. ELBOW ACHES The abnormal formation of the elbow causes the same symptoms as hip dysplasia — pain, arthritis and problems walking — and is found in the same large breeds. BAOS TROUBLE Brachycephalic Airway Obstruction Syndrome — difficulty breathing that can get progressively worse — is found in Pekingese and short snout dogs. CORNEAL CONCERNS The same dogs prone to BAOS normally have shallow eye sockets and bulging eyes that put them at a higher risk for eye trauma as well as dry eyes. DERMATITIS DOGGIE Dogs with wrinkled skin require additional care to reduce the chance of skin infection and inflammation. Similarly, long-eared animals get more ear infections. ALLERGIES AWAY Is your dog itching a lot? German Shepherds, Pugs and Dalmatians are the most susceptible, but just about any breed can have allergies passed down genetically. RETINAL ATROPHY This often-progressive syndrome can lead to retina degeneration. Common in Cocker Spaniels, Poodles, Silky Terrier, Labs and hunting dogs. ENTROPION PAIN Most common in Pekingese, Pugs, Pomeranians, Cockers and other dogs with wrinkled faces where the eyelid easily folds inward, causing the rough outer surface to rub against the eyeball. CHONDRODYSTROPIA: This stunted leg growth is actually bred into some animals such as Bassets, Shih Tzu and others to give them their unique looks...but it can lead to spinal injury and difficulty walking. 42