Arthritis is a catch-all term for a number of different conditions affecting your dog’s joints, many of which develop with age. There are a variety of different causes, symptoms and treatments.
Dogs are living longer thanks to improvements in diet and care, which means that more of them are developing arthritis. It is estimated that the most common form, osteoarthritis, affects 7.7% of Golden Retrievers, 6.1% of Labradors, 5.4% of Rottweilers and 4.9% of German Shepherds.
Your dog may have arthritis if he or she:
Unlike human beings, who might ask for help when experiencing an illness, animals are more likely to try and conceal signs of weakness. Dog owners should keep a sharp eye out for any signs of arthritis, and should be aware that their pet may have been experiencing discomfort for a long time before allowing symptoms to show.
Arthritis is a degenerative condition which worsens if your dog does not receive treatment. It can cause the destruction of cartilage, so that eventually bone will grate on bone with every movement. For that reason you should consult a veterinarian if you suspect your dog might be developing arthritis.
Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, is the most prevalent form.
This condition usually affects one or two joints. It causes progressive damage to the cartilage surrounding them. Over time, the cartilage can wear away so much that the bones in the joint rub together -- this causes extreme discomfort. Other symptoms include inflammation or thickening of the joint capsule, excess fluid and swelling.
Osteoarthritis can be caused by natural wear and tear, previous injuries, genetic factors and developmental disorders.
Canine rheumatoid arthritis, also known as immune-mediated polyarthritis, is an inflammatory condition. It occurs when the immune system mistakenly identifies the cells in a joint as 'hostile' and attacks them.
This condition causes severe inflammation, tenderness and swelling. Joints often feel 'hot'.
This form of arthritis results from the bacterial infection of a joint. The infection itself is usually caused by a wound, allergy or bad reaction to a medicine.
Septic arthritis is a serious condition which is usually handled with antibiotics. If you suspect your pet has contracted it, you should consult your vet for emergency treatment.
If you believe that your dog has arthritis, you should consult your veterinarian immediately. The sooner your dog receives treatment, the less damage the disease will cause to his joints.
Vets will often try to determine which joints are affected by arthritis by examining your dog and performing tests; this may also reveal the cause of the disease. They often prescribe painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs to relieve symptoms.
There are also other treatments that may improve your dog’s quality of life:
You can recognise arthritis in your dog through symptoms such as limping or swollen joints. If you suspect your dog might have the condition you should consult your vet and begin treatment as soon as possible to help your pet live a longer and more comfortable life. You might also like to give your dog supplements or look into alternatives such as physiotherapy.
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