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Learning the Basic Information on Arthritis of Dogs

 


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It is easy to see if your dog has arthritis with symptoms such as swelling of the bones, limping and lack of appetite. You have to observe carefully everyday because most of the symptoms of dog arthritis can be overlooked by being minor and not that dangerous. Sometimes, most of these arthritis conditions can cause joint diseases. For your knowledge in taking care of dogs with arthritis, here are just some of the symptoms that you should watch out: Your dog is limping and it does not stop for a long time (sometimes reaching until months). Your dog is reluctant to walk, run or climb the stairs and you may hear a lot of whining because of pain. He or she has difficulty rising from a resting position and, in the end, remains in that position for a very long time until he really won’t be able to get up. Your dog also has a difficult time finding a comfortable position. He or she is sleeping more since he wants to rest his joints that are in pain and, at the same time, he cannot stand from his or her position anymore. Since your dog cannot move that much anymore, he or she is most likely gain weight despite the lack of appetite because he does not exercise anymore, he or she has a lack of appetite and is very irritated.

If most of these symptoms are present and are going on for weeks or months, then bring your dog to the veterinarian. He will look if he or she has dog arthritis. It is normally diagnose by “finding radiographic evidence of the degenerative changes which occur in joints” according to Wikipedia. Old dogs are the most likely prone to dog arthritis because their bones and joints are getting a bit weaker, just like old people. One type of arthritis that is also common is osteoarthritis where there is the jagging of cartilages due to overuse. If your dog is always working, this could happen to him or her.

Your veterinarian will discuss with you the treatment choices for your dog according to his or her health. The vet will look into it by performing a routine blood screen for evaluation. Sometimes, the arthritis can lead to Lyme disease or ehrlichiosis, and if this is the case, then major treatments will be given to your dog. When it comes to treatment of dog arthritis, there are medicines and normal treatments that your dog can take, such as: Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) used for pain relief, Neutroceuticals, which are nutritional supplements that have medicinal properties, Adequan injections which can improve the health of the joints, Corticosteroids are also effective pain relievers, Physical therapy, The most important of all: exercise. Most of the listed above won’t work unless you and your dog will make an effort to do simple exercises with your dog.

Arthritis is a condition that can be cured so you don’t have to worry about getting worse, unless you don’t take care of your dog. Make sure to watch over him or her and never forget to visit the veterinarian.

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