Are all German Shepherds prone to get hip dysplasia? Are there exercises that can prevent it?

Our German Shepherd is 2 years old, spayed, perfectly healthy slender female with short gray hair. She usually spends many hours inside of our apartment. We walking her at least one hour every day but she doesn't get always the chance to running free. Should we get a complex/expensive pet insurance plan now or after she will be 4 years old?
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Not all German Shepherds will develop hip dysplasia. There are a number of factors involved in whether a dog will be affected by this condition. Firstly, there is genetics. That’s why breeders usually check the hips of their dogs prior to mating. Secondly, nutrition. Some studies have shown that if puppies are fed in such a way that they grow too fast, this can increase the risk of them developing hip dysplasia. Exercise can also play a role but to what extent is unknown. One study found letting pups run up and down stairs wasn’t good for their hips but letting young pups run off leash had a protective effect.

The best thing you can do for an adult dog that has finished growing is to keep her lean because increased body weight can contribute to further degeneration of the joints.

Insurance is a good idea for dogs of any age so there’s no need to wait until your girl is 4 to take out a policy. You can read more about what you need to consider about pet insurance here - http://www.lovepets.com/5-things-to-know-before-you-buy-pet-insurance | 06.12.17 @ 02:33
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