Elbow Dysplasia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs puppies is a condition that is caused when the elbow joint is abnormally developed during your bulldog puppy growing phase. In newborn bulldog puppies, many bones are not actually one long bone, but consist of many pieces of bone surrounded by cartilage.
As your bulldog puppy grows to an adult bulldog, the cartilage changes into bone and the pieces fuse together, along with the surrounding bone fragments to create and form one long, fluid bone. When this process does not work as it should, elbow dysplasia can occur which leads to an elbow joint that is an out of alignment usually resulting in chronic pain, swelling, limping and arthritis.
Elbow Dysplasia in Bulldogs and French Bulldogs can be caused by one or more elbow abnormalities
Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), which is an abnormality of the humeral condyle cartilage and formation of the bone underneath, which can be extremely painful for your dog.
Fragmentation Defect, where the bone begins to break up into smaller pieces and degenerate, can also be a factor.
a. Ununited Anconeal Process (UAP): is a developmental defect whereby the anconeal process should have fused with the ulna, but instead does not properly attach, and floats nearby, causing the joint to be unstable and preventing proper interaction of the humerus and ulna bones.
b. Fragmented Coronoid Process (FCP). FCP is a developmental defect of the ulnar coronoid processes. The coronids are two small areas on the articulation part of the ulna within the elbow joint. If this area does not fuse with the rest of the ulna It will once again lead to pain and joint instability
Keep your bulldog puppy weight under control and don’t over do the caloric, protein and calcium content
Elbow dysplasia in bulldogs puppies and most dog breed happens during the growing period of the bones (5-11 month) and usually will manifest as a limp of their front legs
Dr. Kraemer’s elbow dysplasia in bulldogs and French Bulldogs tip #1: If you notice a problem with your bulldog puppy gait, or favoring of a leg over a protracted period of time, you should take your dog to your veterinarian, and ask for x rays to be taken
Dr. Kraemer’s elbow dysplasia in bulldogs and French Bulldogs tip #2: Orthopedic problems in bulldogs such as Hip dysplasia, Anterior Cruciate Tares (ACL tare) and Medical Patella Luxation (MPL), I recommend In addition to weight control of your bulldog puppy I also recommend joint supplements like my V4B Bulldog Total Joint Health as well as essential fatty acids like my V4B Bulldog Fish Oil omega 3
Dr. Kraemer’s elbow dysplasia in bulldogs and French Bulldogs tip #3: In some cases your veterinarian may recommend medication, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs), in order to help alleviate your dog’s inflammation and pain.
Dr. Kraemer’s elbow dysplasia in bulldogs and French Bulldogs tip #4: I now also offer a few new non-pharmaceutical therapeutic alternative modalities such as Stem Cell Therapy and Stem Cell Cryobanking as well as Cold Laser therapy and Pulse Electromagnetic Filed Therapy (PEMF)
Dr. Kraemer’s elbow dysplasia in bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #1: Elbow dysplasia in bulldog puppies and pets in general can be extremely debilitating, unfortunately there is no satisfactory surgical procedure that can significantly alter the progression of the disorder or cure it.
Dr. Kraemer’s elbow dysplasia in bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #2: The cause of elbow dysplasia in bulldog puppies is multifactorial, such as genetic, growth rate and nutritional, as well as trauma. There for when buying a bulldog puppy it helps to known whether the parents had evidence of elbow dysplasia. this makes it increasingly important to reduce the incidence of the disease through selective breeding, which has been shown to reduce its incidence.
Dr. Kraemer’s elbow dysplasia in bulldogs and French Bulldogs Warning #3: a high protein diet, high calcium and high calorie diets have been cited as a possible reasons for elbow dysplasia in bulldog puppies. Obviously not all puppies on such diets get elbow problems.. If your bulldog puppy seems to be growing too fast, it may be advisable to change the diet after consultation with your veterinarian.