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Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in dogs is a disease in which joint cartilage deteriorates; resulting in surfaces that are supposed to glide over each other but become rough whereas lubrication within the joint is decreased. Movement is more difficult and often painful. The signs of arthritis in a dog are: difficulty in walking, getting up from a seated or lying position; difficulty climbing stairs and an overall decrease in mobility. Arthritis in dogs is similar to that of in humans.

Degenerative Arthritis in Dogs

Degenerative Arthritis in Dogs may not manifest until the dog has had years of abnormal stress. Since cartilage has no nerves, the damage can progress with no outward signs until the joint is severely compromised and the lubricating fluid has thinned and lost its ability to protect the bone surfaces.

Inflammatory arthritis in Dogs

Inflammatory arthritis in Dogs can be caused by infection or by underlying immune-mediated diseases. Inflammatory arthritis in Dogs usually affects multiple joints and is accompanied by signs of systemic illness including fever, anorexia, an all-over stiffness.

Again, this type of arthritis in Dogs is subdivided into infectious and immune-mediated categories of arthritis in Dogs. Bacteria can cause infectious joint disease, by tick-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and by fungal infection.

Immune-mediated arthritis in Dogs is cause by underlying weakness in the immune system and can be hereditary.

Rheumatoid arthritis in Dogs, a deforming type of immune-mediated arthritis in Dogs, is rare in dogs. Systemic lupus and an idiopathic (unidentified) immune-related arthritis in Dogs both can cause non-destructive joint infections. Because infectious arthritis in Dogs and immune-mediated arthritis in Dogs calls for different treatment protocols, diagnosis must be accurate. The immuno-suppressive drugs used to treat the immune-mediated disease may allow the infectious type of disease to thrive.

The most common cause of arthritis in Dogs is damage to joints from accidents. Damage to ligaments in knees and shoulders are common joint injuries received from accidents. In time, this can lead to inflamed joints and arthritic symptoms.


Arthritis in Dogs can sometimes be halted or prevented by surgery when x-rays indicate joint malformations. If surgery is not indicated or advisable, relief can be achieved with painkillers, exercise, rest, and diet. However, even over-the-counter painkillers for arthritis in Dogs should not be used without the advice of a veterinarian

Whether drugs, surgery, or both are indicated in arthritis in Dogs treatment, owners should make sure their pets get plenty of rest and moderate exercise during arthritis in Dogs treatment and recuperation. Ultimately, the type and duration of exercise for a arthritis in Dogs patient will have to be restricted to reduce the pain as much as possible.

Treating arthritis in Dogs is similar to that of human arthritis. Therapies may include:

Healthy diet and exercise to help maintain proper weight to prevent and control arthritis in Dogs.

Working with your veterinarian to find a drug treatment that helps relieve the pain from arthritis in Dogs.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are the most common form of pharmaceutical treatment for arthritis in Dogs.

You can also use over-the-counter arthritis in Dogs treatments with your dog, such as pills or food containing either glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate or Omega fatty acids. Both have shown to help relieve the symptoms of arthritis in Dogs.

Non Pharmaceutical Treatments for arthritis in Dogs

There are no miracle cures for arthritis in Dogs. Most large dogs develop arthritis as they age, so care should be taken to make old dogs with arthritis more comfortable and improve their lives

Most large dogs develop arthritis in Dogs as they age. Although there are no miracle cures, much can be done Gentle, regular exercise and gentle exercise, Weight control and a healthy diet is 
highly recommended for arthritis in Dogs patients

Never give your dog human medication on arthritis in Dogs without checking first with your veterinarian. Certain medications can be toxic to dogs.