Dog Health: Arthritis

Dog | Arthritis

An Introduction to Arthritis

Erin Coomer BVSc - Veterinarian

July 2013

Learn about Osteoarthritis, how it can affect your dog, and what options are available to manage this type of digestive condition.

Causes of Arthritis

Cartilage is one of the shock absorbers of the joint.  When it gets damaged, inflammatory changes occur, leading to damage of the cartilage and eventually leading to damage of the underlying bone.  These changes are permanent.  Damaged bone causes pain. Osteoarthritis can occur in any dog, and is more common as they get older. ...
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Symptoms of Arthritis

• Limping

• Reluctance to exercise

• Difficulty or slow to rise from resting

• Pain

• Attitude change

• Struggling with climbing stairs

• Licking a (sore) joint.

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Treatment of Arthritis

The goal is to slow down the progression of the disease.

A multi faceted approach is needed.  Your plan will likely need to be modified in the future, depending at what speed the disease progresses and your dogs’ mobility deteriorates.  Your Veterinarian will help to guide you with the following options.

1.  Weight Reduction. ...
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