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Dog arthritis

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 stiffness.

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 recuperation.

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 dog arthritis.
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 arthritis.

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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