As with many other breeds the Lagotto Romangolo is known to have the following orthopedic issues. These genetic conditions should be screened for all dogs being considered for breeding. Learn more with the links below.
Hip dysplasia is a genetic trait that causes an abnormal formation of the hip socket that in its most severe form can cause crippling lameness and painful arthritis. Some cases of hip dysplasia are mild and cause few symptoms however it can be so severe that young dogs require surgery in order to move without pain.
Patellar Luxation is a condition that affects the kneecap (patella) in dogs. The patella is dislocated from its normal position in the groove of the thigh bone. It is a common condition in dogs, can be congenital, and dogs may exhibit varying degrees of lameness.
Elbow dysplasia is a condition caused by the abnormal growth of cells, tissue, or bone. The condition is characterized by a series of four developmental abnormalities that lead to malformation and degeneration of the elbow joint.
Hip and Elbow evaluations can be certified already in 4 month old dog (depending on the evaluation method).
Patellar Luxation exams may be done as early as 6 weeks of age and can be certified after 12 months of age.