BeMedFree.com Warns About Long-Term Effects Of Dog Agility Competitions
Short-Term Fun vs. Long-Term Pain – Is It Worth The Risk?
On the face of it, they seem like the perfect way to exercise your dog and have some fun at the same time.
However, you are trading what looks like an enjoyable activity for potential problems later on.
The co-owners of BeMedFree said many dogs (around 150 breeds) are prone to something called hip dysplasia, and this list includes many of the most popular dog agility breeds (e.g. border collies, Australian shepherds, Shetland sheepdogs, Pembroke Welsh corgis, Belgian Malinois, German shepherds, greyhounds, rat terriers, poodles and whippets).
Dysplasia is a largely genetic problem, caused by centuries of bad breeding practices, and it results in a joint not being properly formed. In most cases, the joint is too loose, which means the legs move around more than they should do, and the net effect of that is wear and tear and constant pain.
Why is this relevant to dog agility training and competitions?
The more stress you put on a dog's joints, the more likely it is that they will suffer pain, and if they already have either elbow or hip dysplasia (which can be diagnosed in relatively young dogs), it's just going to make matters worse.
Activities such as the weave poles put a lot of lateral stress on their joints, so if they are already loose, all it's doing is prematurely increasing the wear and tear.
Other elements such as the A Frame, Teeter, Jumps, Dog Walk, and Tire are equally stressful to their joints.
So, however much it looks like your dog is having fun, you may be heading toward a dog with joint pain, canine arthritis and more.
Is there anything that can be done about the problem?
BeMedFree said, "Surgery is an option, albeit an expensive one (up to $4,500 according to EnduraPet), and it doesn't always guarantee that the issue won't recur."
"More practical treatments, for most people, include a healthy diet (i.e. one that's not full of chemicals that will lead to further inflammation), gentle exercise (e.g. a 20-minute walk once or twice a day), massage, and you should also consider the use of a dog joint supplement, such as a liquid glucosamine for dogs, that will help relieve pain, ease the symptoms of arthritis, rebuild damaged cartilage, encourage collagen growth, reduce inflammation, as well as ensuring he has a healthy coat and skin."
"So, is it really worth condemning your doggie to a life of discomfort and pain, just for the sake of some short-term fun? And whatever you do, avoid throwing Frisbees for him to catch, as all that landing on his legs from great heights is even more risky."
BeMedFree.com offers a variety of natural (i.e. not chemical-based) products and supplements for both humans and pets. The owners of the company have a policy of never selling products that they wouldn&amp;amp;#039;t use themselves.
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