Dog Breeding

Written by Mark Woodcock

So you have a female pedigree dog with papers, you want to make some extra cash, so you think you'll go ahead and mate her with a stud so she'll breed and have some puppies. Not so easy! Proper breeding needs time, education, experience and of course money. Dog breeding does not make you money. If you are a good dog breeder, after postnatal care costs and proper veterinary care costs, there is little money left. Inexperienced dog breeders could end up with unwanted puppies which will just contribute torepparttar growing dog overpopulation problem that exists. There are some 3 million plus unwanted dogs and cats inrepparttar 139495 United States, around 25 per cent of them are purebred. Of course there has to be some breeding, as without breeding we would have no puppies to grow into dogs.

Good reasons to breed your bitch is to perpetuate good qualitities of certain breeds of dog and to perpetuate a specific breed. If you breed puppies which are in demand, then you will usually be able to find them good homes. You should consider several things first if you are seriously considering breeding. Is your bitch of a good quality to be bred? Does your bitch fit her breed standard? Have your bitch examined by a veterinarian for her suitability for pregnancy and therefore avoiding inheritable abnormalities. If your bitch can match up to these things and fits her breed standard, is healthy you may want to breed her to pass on her good traits. You should start by finding a reputable breeder to mentor your, attend dog shows and educate yourself by reading about breeding. You should also develop a good relationship with your veterinarian, one who could be called upon for any pregnancy and whelping problems you may encounter.

Canine Joint Disease

Written by Mark Woodcock

Joint disease can be a problem faced by many dogs. Hip dysplasia isrepparttar most common that people are familiar with as a cause of rear limb lameness. Its front limb counterpart is elbow dysplasia.

Elbow dysplasia has only been recognized as a disease in dogs inrepparttar 139494 last 10 to 15 years or so, whereas hip dysplasia has been diagnosed forrepparttar 139495 last 30 to 40 years. Dysplasia means a developmental abnormality, it can be inrepparttar 139496 size, shape, or formation. Elbow dysplasia is a combination of four developmental abnormalities: an ununited anconeal process, osteochondrodystrophy (OCD) ofrepparttar 139497 distal humoral condyle, a fragmented medial coronoid process, and elbow incongruity. Dogs may have just one abnormality or in some cases all four.

In English,repparttar 139498 anconeal and coronoid processes are bony bumps onrepparttar 139499 ulna located nearrepparttar 139500 elbow. The ulna isrepparttar 139501 arm bone that runs from your little finger uptorepparttar 139502 elbow. The humoral condyle is a bump found atrepparttar 139503 end ofrepparttar 139504 humerus nearrepparttar 139505 elbow. The humorus isrepparttar 139506 large arm bone extending fromrepparttar 139507 shoulder torepparttar 139508 elbow. Problems withrepparttar 139509 humoral condyle and coronoid process are normally due to abnormal cartilage formation. Sometimesrepparttar 139510 bones do not fit together properly resulting in elbow incongruity or an ununited anconeal process.

Classic presentations of elbow dysplasia is an active large breed dog. Rottweilers arerepparttar 139511 posterchild of this disease. Other commonly affected breeds are Bernese Mountain dogs, Laboradors, and Golden Retrievers. There is a breeder certification process available and an elbow registry. It is important for dog owners to checkrepparttar 139512 breeder's certification to insure that elbow dysplasia is not present somewhere inrepparttar 139513 breeding line. Problems usually begin in dogs at around 6 months of age or older.

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