Ask a vet what breed of dog you should get that is free of the risk of hereditary (breed related) health issues developing during the pets life, they may scoff and say, ‘There is no such thing’. If we were solely logical creatures and only purchased items that are completely risk free then no person would have a car, house or of course a pet.
Luckily for most pets our heads don’t rule our hearts and that is certainly true for Asko, a German Shephard with hip problems. Asko’s start to life was not easy. Parenting doesn’t always come naturally in the animal world either and he lost two right hind limb toes at birth due to his doggy mum chewing them off!
He met his new parents shortly after, and thankfully they were there for him when at one year of age, he was diagnosed with severe arthritis in his hips. He then underwent much needed hip surgery on his left back leg to remove the rubbing bone parts inside the hip joint which would allow him to walk pain free. He took this all onboard in his usual calm, stoic manner.
After doing so well for years, Paws in Motion was called in to evaluate Asko after his gait or walk became increasingly abnormal. He had developed a ‘hitch’ in his step along with an exaggerated lift of his right hind leg. The good leg! After years of compensating for his missing digits and less than perfect hips, his muscles supporting his hind limb movement and core had become overtight in all the wrong places and painful. It was obvious to us that Asko’s owners were not going to let anything get in the way of him receiving the therapy and care he needed to live a life as free from pain and discomfort as possible.