Arthritis can be a debilitating disease that has a profoundly negative effect on your dog, and is something that many canines will experience, most often when they get older.
A proper understanding of what causes arthritis in dogs, and how to treat it, can go a long way towards increasing your companion’s quality of life.
VetSpec are expert producers of effective and scientifically formulated supplements to optimise dogs’ lives, and they’re here to give us some valuable advice on arthritis in dogs.
Arthritis is inflammation in the joints. In a healthy joint, the bone surfaces are coated with cartilage and surrounded by fluid, allowing smooth interaction between them. With arthritis, this set up is compromised in some way, causing swelling, discomfort, and lack of function.
Although some arthritis has its roots in the formative years of a dog’s life, the most common reasons are friction caused by instability in the joint, damage to the cartilage or bones, and general wear and tear as the dog ages.
Dogs with arthritis will display discomfort, stiffness, and sometimes pain, which normally gets worse after period of inactivity. They may be noticeably limping or have a more limited range of motion than before. This can cause dogs to be less enthusiastic about exercise than formerly, as well as to experience discomfort when you palpate or touch the affected area.
The underlying cause of arthritis in dogs is worsened by their being overweight or unfit, so at the first signs you should make sure that your dog is trim and getting the appropriate amount of exercise. Nutrition is also a contributing factor, and a supplement that provides the body with everything it needs to prevent the advancement of the condition and alleviate the symptoms – like VetSpec’s Joint Mobility – is an effective tool for management. Pharmaceutical or surgical treatments are also an option, and should be undertaken only with the advice of a veterinarian.
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