Golden Retrievers suffer from high rates of hip dysplasia and elbow dysplasia, which can be painful and crippling. Goldens are very prone to tearing the ligaments in their hind legs.
Hip dysplasia is a complex condition where the hip joints of a growing puppy develop abnormally. The primary reason for this abnormal development is hip joint laxity (joint is too loose) leading to the two articulating parts of the joint of the pelvis – the femoral head and the acetabulum (which form the ball-and-socket of the joint) - moving abnormally relative to one another; the femoral head subluxating (partly dislocating) from the acetabulum. This leads to abnormal stresses and strains on the joint and leads to inflammation and degeneration of the joint tissues. Ultimately, permanent osteoarthritis develops in the joints. These changes produce pain and disability for the dog which may show up in several ways, such as lameness, abnormal gait (movement), stiffness, reluctance to get up and move and difficulty in running and playing.
Both genetic and environmental factors play a part in the development of hip dysplasia.
Humeral condylar osteochondrosis is a disease that affects cartilage formation producing that in one part of the elbow joint becomes abnormally thickened and prone to flaking off from the underlying bone, causing osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) in the joint.
It presents by 4-10 months of age but can show later.
Golden Retrievers as many other breeds are very susceptible to have painful muscle tearing by injuring during an eccentric contraction, which is when the normal workings of a muscle shortening are interrupted and strained. An iliopsoas muscle tear usually occurs at the weakest point of the muscle-tendon, and lameness or gait abnormality can be the first sign of injury.
A muscle tear occurs by a stretch-induced injury. Acute muscular tears most often occur because of high energy activity, such as during agility movements, times of roughhousing with other dogs, or when chasing after a ball. The iliopsoas muscle, which consists of the fusion of the iliacus and psoas muscles, is a common location for a muscle tear, yet is infrequently diagnosed.
Carmen Care Advanced Laser Therapy has designed specific protocols using CoMra Therapy which significantly helps your Golden Retrievers’ painful symptomatology due to the above-mentioned issues.