Arthritis in Dogs

dog with arthritisDo you often see your dog lying on his bed tired and avoiding playtime? This can indicate a vast array of ailments your dog has or it may be just one indicator of arthritis in dogs. More and more pets have diseases that are just as common as their human counterparts . Fortunately just as there is help for people, your dog can get relief from its symptoms.

What is arthritis. Arthritis is inflammation of a joint whether man, woman or beast. If you or anyone you know is suffering from arthritis symptoms such as stiffness, pain & swelling then you can understand how uncomfortable & painful it can be for a dog with arthritis . About 25-30% of family pets may even suffer from osteoarthritis which is also a degenerative form of arthritis.


If you notice some of these signs you should visit your vet to confirm that arthritis is the problem. Irritability – your dog may get aggressive , bark or cry when touched because of the pain.

Lameness – they are reluctant to play, run , jump & climb stairs & do their normal doggie activities

Visible joint deformities –you may notice their hind legs starting to bend more forward

Lack of appetite – your furry pal may stop eating his favorite meal Dogs may feel depressed and lethargic & less alert than usual.

If the pain is restricted only on one part of his body like for example on his leg then you will observe that your dog will start to limp when he walks. Running around will be very difficult and painful as well.

Causes of Arthritis in Dogs

The cause of this ailment among dogs differs from one breed to another. Trauma can make a dog more susceptible to arthritis, genetic factors (just like in people can cause the disease), infections, a compromised immune system & degenerative conditions may also play a role. For bigger breed s one of cause of arthritis could be their weight.

Breeds of dogs prone to Arthritis may include Golden Retrivers, Rottweilers, great danes, Labrador Retrievers, Newfoundlands, Mastiffs, Old  Englsh Sheep dogs & German Shepherds.  Also dogs that are bred to create unusual shapes like the dachshund can be a candidate for arthritis.

Common Treatments for Arthritis in Dogs

Adequan injections
This kind of injection contains a certain component called polysulfated glycosaminoglycans which can help and improve the joint conditions of your dog .

Natural Therapy
Natural alternatives can alleviate the signs and symptoms of arthritis in dogs in a  safe and effective way . These can reduce inflammation and improve joint health, and can lead to significant improvement without the risk of side effects  which that can be found in conventional treatments.

If you can get your dog into a pool and swim three times a week this will help stretch out and strengthen their stiff muscles and joints thus relieving them from the pain.

Acupuncture can also help relieve the pain and discomfort. You need to find a certified acupuncturist  who is trained in working with animals.

Dog massage can also help your little pooch.

A soft bed for you pooch will take some pressure off the joints that are hurting.

It will also help if you will take charge of your dog’s diet. Obesity is not only a problem happening  among the human population.  Because of poor quality dog foods that people are feeding their dog as well as lack of exercise  we see dogs  with extra pounds on their body.  Unfortunately being overweight  can be a cause of arthritis in dogs.

Another popular and effective treatment is a glucosamine/chondroitin sulfate supplement such as Cosequin which seems to be an effective and popular treatment for arthritis in people and dogs.

It is important to know what is normal behavior for your dog so you can recognize when he may not be feeling well. That is when you want to  visit your vet.  When it comes to arthritis in dogs as with any disease in your pet, as a responsible pet guardian you want to get your little friend started on treatment as possible to help him heal and alleviate any pain he may be experiencing symptoms.


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