Shoulder dysplasia is more common in dogs with a very heavy barrel-shaped chest, especially Bulldogs, Boston Terriers and Boxers. They are generally active and happy, but put a lot of weight on their shoulders, which are often a little rotated because of their breed. This puts abnormal stress on the shoulder joint and over time causes limping and arthritis. For this reason I would recommend all of these breeds take a long term glucosamine or joint supplement to help prevent and repair damage, as well as an Omega 3 supplement to naturally reduce inflammation. Find our range of supplements here. If you notice a limping or discomfort it may also be necessary to give anti-inflammatory medication, but it is unusual to need surgery.