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Skeletal

This is a Skeletal condition.

Skeletal Dysplasia 2, SD2

What is SD2?

A disease of skeletal development, this causes dogs to have abnormally short legs but similar body lengths compared to unaffected dogs, and can be observed by the time dogs reach 5 to 6 months of age. This has been best characterized in certain lineages of Labrador Retrievers. Other than their height, affected Labradors suffer no ill effects from their condition. However, affected dogs almost never meet breed standard.

What are the signs & symptoms that develop in affected dogs?

Affected dogs have abnormally short legs but a normal sized body.

When do signs and symptoms develop?

Signs are first recognized by the time dogs reach 5 to 6 months of age.

How do vets diagnose this condition?

Genetic testing and clinical signs can be used to diagnose this condition.

How is this condition treated?

There is no treatment for this condition.

What actions should I take if my dog is affected?

This is not a painful condition, but you may need to place ramps or stairs to assist these dogs if you want them to sleep on the bed or couch.

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