Labradors and Hip Dysplasia
The Labrador – short for Labrador Retriever – regained first place as The Kennel Club’s top registered breed in 2020 as dog ownership soared. Originally from Canada, they are working dogs who have captured our hearts for many years.
Labradors have such kind and trainable personalities, which have seen them excel as loyal pets, in the field and as working assistance dogs. They are famously known for their keen appetite, which can lead to unwanted weight gain and make them susceptible to certain health problems. Genetic conditions, such as Hip Dysplasia (which the parents will usually be screened for) can start to present symptoms as they grow. There are, however, important preventative actions owners can take to help reduce the risk of impaired mobility throughout their life:
- Maintain a healthy weight
- Avoid too much high impact exercise, especially when a puppy and young adult
- Preventative supplements to support joint health
Rova’s Joint and Muscle Care is a daily supplement that promotes your dog’s cartilage, tendon, ligament and muscle health with collagen matrix, MSM and glucosamine to support healthy joint function and mobility. A higher dose can also be fed if your dog is experiencing discomfort or impaired mobility.
Made in easy to digest pellets that can be served with your dog’s normal food, it combines efficient nutrient absorption with optimal dosage, avoiding the over-consumption and weight gain that can result from functional treats. This is especially important with breeds predisposed to weight gain, such as the Labrador, in order to maximise the benefits of the calories they do consume.