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What is Canine Arthritis?

  • Joint pain
  • Stiffness
  • Lameness or limping
  • Difficulty with standing or certain sitting positions
  • Yelping at the touch of certain areas
  • Reluctance to jumping
  • General difficulty with movement that used to be easy or normal
  • Large or overweight dogs are generally more susceptible to degenerative arthritis than smaller breeds, as excess weight puts additional stress on joints. Hip dysplasia also affects large dog breeds like Newfoundlands, Rottweilers and Golden Retrievers more often than other types, which can predispose them to arthritis.
  • About 20 percent of all dogs get arthritis at some point during their lives.
  • Although osteoarthritis is more common in elderly dogs, it can occur in young dogs as well, especially those that have experienced orthopedic injuries.
  • Keeping your dog healthy and fit can go a long way toward preventing arthritis from developing, since weight is a significant factor.
  • To reduce likelihood of arthritis, certain breeds need to eat special diets while growing. Also, dogs with allergies may need to avoid specific ingredients to prevent joint swelling. Dog foods rich in Omega-3s and chondroitin are good for joint health.
  • Regular exercise and health checkups for your dog can help identify joint issues before they worsen.
  • Physical therapy, low-impact walks and diet play important roles in a dog's arthritis treatment, by allowing your companion to stay comfortable and mobile.
  • Medication and painkillers can treat inflammatory arthritis and lessen discomfort. Perna canaliculus, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), chondroitin sulfate and glucosamine are additional nutrients that can be used to treat canine arthritis, as either a food ingredient or supplement.
  • Altering the placement of furniture or adjusting the physical layout of your home to accommodate your dog's condition can also help. This may include making your dog's food available at eye-level to reduce painful bending or investing in softer bedding.
  • When your dog has arthritis, you should expect him or her to act differently. They will be a bit slower, move stiffly, take longer to get up when waking and may not like to be petted near affected joints. Your dog also may need help with staircases and other places where jumping is required.

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What To Expect

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    Prescription Medication

    Veterinarians can prescribe your dog any of several pharmaceutical treatments. Rimadyl and Novox are the most popular prescription medications for arthritis, but there are also other steroids, analgesics, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (PSGAGs) to help your dog reduce inflammation, feel less pain or even rebuild lost joint tissue.

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    Food

    Expect your dog to be on a specialized diet. Lean foods that can keep weight off are helpful for arthritis, while some owners avoid grains and potatoes to combat inflammation. There’s plenty of debate as to how effective this is so please consult with a veterinarian. Also, you may be required to prepare food at home.

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    Nonprescription Options

    There are many canine-specific natural supplements for your dog’s arthritis, like glucosamine and Omega-3 fatty acids. These can reduce swelling or help repair joint damage. Dasuquin and Cosequin are two popular supplements that combine these ingredients with other nutrients like MSM and chondroitin.

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    Professional Treatment

    Like with humans, physical therapy consisting of controlled exercise improves joint health and mobility for dogs with arthritis. Also, take your dog on medium-length walks or try swimming, which puts minimal stress on the joints. Regular visits to your veterinarian are the best way to tell how your furry friend is doing. Physical examinations and radiographs can give vets insight into your dog's condition.

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