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Dog arthritis results from destruction of the cartilage that protects the
bones that make up the joint. Cartilage destruction can be the result of
normal stress on abnormal joints or abnormal stress on normal joints.
Dog arthritis is likely to hit dog's body at the hip, shoulder, knees,
elbows, wrists and ankles.
Dog Arthritis results from inflammation in the joints and is generally
divided into two types
Degenerative dog arthritis
Inflammatory dog arthritis, according to the source of that irritation.
Degenerative Dog arthritis
Degenerative Dog arthritis 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 dog arthritis
Inflammatory dog arthritis can be caused by infection or by underlying immune-mediated diseases. Inflammatory dog arthritis usually affects multiple joints and is
accompanied by signs of systemic illness including fever, anorexia, an all-over
Again, this type of dog arthritis is subdivided into infectious and immune-mediated
categories of dog arthritis. Infectious joint disease can be caused by bacteria, by tick-borne diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and by fungal infection.
Immune-mediated dog arthritis is cause by underlying weakness in the immune
system and can be hereditary.
Rheumatoid dog arthritis, a deforming type of immune-mediated dog arthritis, is
rare in dogs. Systemic lupus and an idiopathic (unidentified) immune-related dog
arthritis both can cause non-destructive joint infections. Because infectious dog
arthritis and immune-mediated dog arthritis 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 dog arthritis 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.
Signs of dog arthritis
Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump, or play
Lagging behind on walks
Difficulty rising from a resting position
Yelping in pain when touched
A personality change resisting touch
Dog arthritis 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 dog arthritis should not be used without the advice of a veterinarian. Dog
arthritis patients should be under veterinary care, and the veterinarian can
determine which dog arthritis treatment is the best. Whether drugs, surgery, or both
are indicated in dog arthritis treatment, owners should make sure their pets get
plenty of rest and moderate exercise during dog arthritis treatment and
Ultimately, the type and duration of exercise for a dog arthritis patient will have to be
restricted to reduce the pain as much as possible. Treating dog arthritis is similar to
that of human arthritis.
Therapies may include:
Healthy diet and exercise to help maintain proper weight to prevent and control
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are the most common form of
pharmaceutical treatment for dog arthritis.
You can also use over-the-counter dog arthritis 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 dog
Non Pharmaceutical Treatments for dog arthritis
Most large dogs develop dog arthritis 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 dog arthritis patients.
Never give your dog human medication on dog arthritis without checking first with
your veterinarian. Certain medications can be toxic to dogs.
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