Most people who do not have canines at home know that man’s best friend is highly prone to dog arthritis. How often have you viewed some canine that maneuvers as if its joints are not quite in working order? This is particularly the case with advanced aged and/or heavier canines that are generally inactive physically. Sound familiar? It may, as this is just the kind of lifestyle that causes arthritis in men and women, too. These days, we refer to arthritis a lifestyle disease with reason.
Happens to all of us
Actually, arthritis in dogs is much alike to arthritis in men and women, in that it is a crippling disease that causes hardening of the joints and muscles. And as with humans, arthritis in dogs is fairly usual because joints will, in everyday circumstances, suffer an amount of wear and tear. And also as in humans, arthritis – most commonly osteoarthritis – in canines can be an uncomfortably tortuous ailment which, if not treated, causes great distress.
And the worst thing is that dog arthritis can afflict dogs of any age. Obviously, the more aged the dog, the more chances that it will get arthritis, but arthritis affects younger dogs too. For example, a young dog that has been in an accident or has sustained some kind of injury is also prone to develop canine arthritis. And then there are infections and diseases that can bring on arthritis, such as the ailment called hip dysplasia, which is a usual symptom of limping in dogs, and which may lead to arthritis in later years.
Naturally, at the first signs of movement difficulty you should take your dog to a vet. Getting the right treatment is essential as dog arthritis is not 100% curable, but, given the right kind of dog arthritis treatment, it can be kept in check.
Of course, one of the most effective ways to combat dog arthritis is to give your dog plenty of exercise, which may sound paradoxical since exercise will cause increased joint movement, but is actually of great help. This is as gentle exercise creates some natural fluids that help the treatment.
See it coming
There are also, of course, over-the-counter medicines that can at least help alleviate the pain of dog arthritis, though as we have already said, there is no permanent cure. But these medications are best prescribed by the vet. And a vet is also your best bet for preventive measures, which really are the best ways to treat dog arthritis. So, let’s say that dogs have an approximate life span of 14 years, if your pet is getting near 10, you should know that it’s time to ask your vet about ways to keep your dog healthy so that dog arthritis cannot strike.