What are the symptoms?
Elbow dysplasia is especially common in large dog breeds, and most dogs start showing symptoms while they’re still growing. However, dogs with more mild elbow dysplasia may not show symptoms until later in life, once they have developed osteoarthritis.
The key symptoms to look for are:
- Limping or stiffness (usually worse after exercise)
- A loss of enthusiasm for walks or playful activities
- Reduced weight-bearing on the limb or outward rotation of the paw
- In severe cases, you may notice your dog develops swollen, puffy elbows