Jack Russell musculoskeletal conditions

Common musculoskeletal problems in Jack Russell terriers

Patellar luxation is a hereditary disorder of the Jack Russell's knees. The kneecap will slip out of it usual position when the dog is running, jumping, or under a lot of physical stress.

Other problems commonly associated with patellar luxation are arthritis and tearing of the knee ligaments. Because the dog is a quadrupedal creature, this problem with the knees can also manifest itself as pain in the dog's shoulders, hips, or feet.

Severe cases will require surgery from your vet.

Legg-Calvé-Perthes syndrome, also known as Avascular Necrosis of the Femoral Head, is where the femur-hip junction deteriorates due to impaired blood flow.

This will lead to pain and muscle atrophy, or muscle wastage, in the hind legs. The syndrome usually manifests itself between 6 and 12 months of age.

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