As your dog ages, they will tend to slow down, become less active, and sleep more frequently. Though this is quite natural, it could also be a sign that your pet is suffering from dog arthritis. If your faithful friend appears to be in pain when they run or jump, walks with a limp, ‘bunny hops’ on stairs or becomes stiff after normal exercise, then there is a possibility that they have arthritis.
However, there is no need to worry, as medications and supplements are available for treating this painful condition in dogs.
The inflammation or swelling in a dog’s joint is referred to as arthritis. Though there there are a number of different types of canine arthritis that can afflict your pet, the most common types are osteoarthritis, which is also know as degenerative joint disease, and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis in canines. It can be caused by abnormal bone or joint development, hip dysplasia, and cranial cruciate ligament rupture. Another possible cause of this type of arthritis is infections, which could be the result of bites or injuries.
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused by injury to the pet’s immune system. It can affect single joints or multiple joints and leads to the eroding of cartilage and bone within the affected area. It can eventually progress to a complete fixation of the joint if not properly treated. In certain breeds of dog, rheumatoid arthritis can be detected with blood tests.
Most importantly, you must be aware that recovery of dogs with arthritis takes time. Hence, you need to give them proper care and the extra attention that they are going to need.
Veterinarians recommend natural supplement treatments as part of the long-term regimen in treating dog arthritis, as these do not have the same side effects of some other medicinal treatments.