It is good to see your healthy dog running and playing with your children, happy with no problems. But as the dog ages, osteo-arthritis is the more common type of problems with dogs. Before thinking it is arthritis, you need to take your dog to the vet to see if that is what it really is. It can begin in young dogs, such as work dogs.
Wear and tear
Osteo-arthritis is an inflammation and wear and tear problems that gradually gets worse of the cartilage, soft tissue and bones in either one or more joints. It is a degenerative and chronic disease of the joints that leads to chronic pain as well as declined mobility. The cartilage of the joints breakdown and develop more friction in the bones. Inflammation can also develop bony growths on the joint and thicken of the soft tissue.
This type of disease is caused by inflammation that gets worse and worse and starts deterioration of the soft tissue, bone, and cartilage in one or more of the dog’s joints. It is chronic and that leads to not only pain but decreased mobility. The cartilage in the joints of the dog breaks down and this is when rubbing between bones will cause the problems of the bones to start. Inflammation can be caused by infections and bony joint growths and the tissue that thicken.
Dogs of all ages
This doesn’t only happen in elderly dogs but also in younger dogs that are working dogs on a ranch or dogs that never stop moving or running. It is important to visit your vet to rule out any life threatening diseases such as cancer.
Arthritis can be associated to a repeated injury to a joint of an old injury. In some dogs they are suffering from a congenital joint disease such as hip and elbow dysplastic, osteochondrosis can develop. Metabolic diseases for instance diabetes and Cushing’s disease both have been linked to the wearing down of cartilage and causing arthritis in some dogs.
Other factors that can cause these problems in the joint include a high activity level due to being a dog who works and obesity. Dogs that are overweight have a larger risk for developing arthritis since the joints are under more stress.
The symptoms of arthritis in dogs tend to be less active and an owner should be able to notes that. They might have problems getting up, climbing stairs or jumping up of down from furniture. Often when the joint is moved it will causes sounds of cracking. There might be a change in the dog’s ability to bark. If you see signs of stiffness, visible pain and muscle wastage see your vet.
When you dog develop arthritis there are supplements like glucosamine to relieve arthritis in dogs that can reduce pain and inflammation, improves movements in the joint. Those dogs with arthritis at a young age might need therapy as well as medication.
Dogs that are overweight should be on a very strict diet to get them back to a normal weight. This will help put less stress on joints and also stop or alter medication. Exercise programs can be started to help with the weight issue, keep a good range of motion and muscle mass and the promotion of health in the cartilage.