Just like people, many dogs suffer from arthritis, specifically osteoarthritis. Unbelievably, up to thirty percent of family pets have arthritis. They experience pain, swelling and stiffness the same as humans do. Some people refer to it as degenerative joint disease and it has the capacity to change your dog, from very playful and energetic, to pain ridden and listless. Arthritis is the distribution of protective cartilage. This covers and protects the bone joints. By nature, many dogs are extremely active and as a result of this, subject their joints to trauma. Unlike humans, when a dog injures itself, pet arthritic conditions often develop within weeks. Older dogs are more prone to arthritis as their cartilage deteriorates, especially in the large breeds. There is more stress placed on the joints from their weight and this worsens over time. Some of the kind of arthritis in dogs are osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, knee dysplasia, Osteochondritis, hypertrophy and shoulder degeneration, and degenerative joint disease.
Hip joint pain is a particularly painful form of arthritis and for the time being cannot be cured. Scientists are still searching for a cure and also trying to figure out a way to prevent arthritis from happening to patients in the future.
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There are many different arthritis pain treatment and medication to temporarily cure the pain. The unfortunate problem is arthritis will affect everyone to some extent or another. The best way to avoid arthritis and hip joint pain is to stay active with exercise and take good care of yourselves.
When my son, Shepherd, was 3 years old, he and his twin brother, Beau, took soccer lessons for the first time. They were so excited that they slept in their uniforms — a purple T-shirt with a yellow star kicking the ball with one of its points — the night before their first practice. But when we got to the field the next day, Shepherd’s enthusiasm evaporated. While Beau and the other kids ran zigzags around the cones, Shepherd stood still …
Walking – They lag behind you when taking them for a ride or are very listless and hesitant to go walking at all.
Crying or yelping – If you touch then in a particular area, they yelp or don’t want you touching them.
Difficulty rising-When the dog goes to stand up from sleeping or laying down, they have great difficulty or yelp, making it obvious that they’re having problems, are all signs of arthritis.
As upsetting as it is, don’t panic if the vet diagnosis your dog with arthritis. There are many very good remedies to help alleviate and control your dog’s pain unlike years ago. If your dog is overweight, the first thing your vet will recommend is a weight loss program. Just like humans, the more weight you carry, the harder it is against your joints and this is no exception for dogs. Have your vet recommend a healthy diet for your special companion that gradually helps them lose weight without being hungry all the time. As much as you hate having to cut down on their dog treats, that’s for the health of your creature. There are several medications available to help control or end the pain. Always follow the vets instructions on the number and frequency of the medication prescribed for your dog. They know exactly how much to give your dog and if you decide to up the dose or cut down on it, you could do more harm than good. Once you remove the pain, and your dog moves about easily, you can resume taking them for walks and getting exercise. You may want to discuss arthritis supplements for your dog, with your vet.