Arthritis in Dogs
Your dog is getting older and has lost the strength he or she had as a puppy. That is normal and to be expected. However, your pet just won't run anymore. You can see your dog wants to run around, follow you everywhere and dance and play, but you can also see that he or she is in trouble. Your pet just lies there quietly. You can see the pain in their eyes, and the sadness of not being able to do everything a dog loves to do. You know something is wrong with your dog. Could it be arthritis?
Arthritis in dogs is a painful swelling and stiffness of the joints. It attacks more than 1 in every 5 dogs. The US Humane Society estimates that there are more than 78 million owned dogs in the US.1 That means more than 15 million dogs in America live with arthritis daily.
While there are numerous types of arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common. Osteoarthritis occurs when joint cartilage that is usually slippery and smooth, becomes damaged, worn down, pitted or missing. This joint cartilage has been worn down by natural aging, an inherited genetic condition, injury or additional stress and strain on the joint.2 Cartilage covers the bones ends and allows bones to rub against each other smoothly. Missing cartilage causes pain and inflammation as the bones in the joint directly connect without the cushion that cartilage provides.
It is important to recognize that what looks like osteoarthritis can be a completely different type of injury. Only a veterinarian will be able to diagnose arthritis in your dog because there can be multiple reasons why your dog could exhibit lameness. There could be neurological problems or there could be injuries to other areas of the leg. Your veterinarian will most likely take an x-ray of the joint in question. Determining if your dog has osteoarthritis should always be left to your veterinarian to avoid a misdiagnosis.
There is a wide range of types of arthritis in dogs, and the number of things a dog owner can do to prevent arthritis in dogs. Chondroprotective agents like glucosamine and chondroitin for dogs provide natural ingredients to support the natural rebuilding of joint cartilage.
Additional articles regarding dog arthritis:
What is Dog Arthritis?
What are the Types of Dog Arthritis?
What are the Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs?
What Causes Arthritis in Dogs?
How to Prevent Arthritis in Dogs?
Glucosamine as an Arthritis Treatment for Dogs
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