What's the best way to prevent canine arthritis?

I have a 6 year old female shepard mix & she also has some rotweiler in her too. Both breed are very suseptible to arthritis, so I'm worried about her getting arthritis in the future. I take her for daily walks and to the dog park occasionally (usually weekends) so she can run around with our other 1 year old pup. She also swims a lot in the summer. So what can I do?

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  • Imaka January 26, 2009, 12:06 pm

    Since it is genetic there isn't anything you can do about that part of it. One of the best things you can do to help if she does have arthritis is keep her weight under control. Surgical joint repair is a possibility of course, but you are talking about a lot of money with that.

    Here is a helpful link with practical suggestions. Best of luck.