Dog Arthritis

by admin on July 17, 2010

The first time you decided to have your very own pet dog, you also committed yourself to give it the best care and protection. The longer time you spend together, the more you realize that you do not want any harm to befall on your pet, like dog arthritis.

Maybe arthritis may not be that popular to many people. But this physical illness is not only exclusive for human beings. Even your very own dog is a potential victim of this disease. This disease is not a simple one that can be treated by simple means. It needs serious attention and requires expert to cure.

This disease will affect your dog’s activities and behavior. He can never be as active and as smart as before because dog arthritis is causing him to feel unbearable pain. How will you know if your dog is suffering from arthritis? How will you help him ease the burden of pain he is feeling?

Dog arthritis can either be an osteoarthritis or inflammation of joints, an immune-mediated arthritis, an infective arthritis, or an idiopathic arthritis. This illness can be due to factors such as, traumatic injury that cause extreme joint movement or dislocation, obesity or too much increase in body weight, poor bone and joint development on some young canine, and it can also be due to old age, where there will be an increase risk for immunosuppression and infection.

The first symptom that you will probably notice if your dog is having arthritis, is that he is getting into a character of lameness. That is, he becomes weak, uninterested, uncooperative, and he lacks energy to do the usual things he does, like climbing the stairs, jumping around, running to fetch the stick, or getting unenthusiastic to go for a walk in the park.

In addition, your dog is also exerting more effort standing up, sitting down, or lying down. He is probably enduring a lot of pain, especially if the one he has is osteoarthritis. But he cannot complain to you and say ‘it’s painful, you know!’ but instead, he will try to lick the part where he feels the pain, or he may experience some stiffness in the affected area, especially early in the morning.

Likewise, when you try to apply pressure to his swollen joints, he will almost certainly cry out loud. That will signal you that indeed he needs some serious remedy for his disease.

Aside from taking note on these objective cues of the disease, you can also confirm the diagnosis of your dog by taking him to the veterinary clinic for some examinations to be done. This will include an X-ray or any other radiography exams that will identify the extant of inflammation or damages in the joints. The veterinarian may also perform an examination of the joint fluids to rule out the disease.

It’s sad to see that your dog that was once very active is now bearing these signs and symptoms. So before anything else happens, you should do some preventive measures to secure that your dog will not suffer from dog arthritis. This will include weight reduction or diet program, moderate exercises daily, and treatment of any inflammatory disorders.

If you care for your beloved pet dog so much, don’t allow dog arthritis to take over his life and your happiness.

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