Is your pet becoming arthritic?

Arthritis is the most common cause of chronic pain in dogs. Osteoarthritis is the most common form and is a painful disease that affects your dogs joints. This occurs when the protective layers that cushion joints begin to deteriorate, causing inflammation and pain. The effects of osteoarthritis worsen with age. There are good clues that your dog may be suffering;

  • limping
  • stiffness after exercise
  • reluctance to exercise
  • difficulty rising, sitting or climbing stairs
  • changes in behaviour
  • loss of appetite

Any dog can be affected by osteoarthritis , however it is more likely to occur in large breeds. This is because they tend  to grow quickly, age faster and do more exercise. Some high risk breeds include;

  • German sheperds
  • Golden retrievers
  • Labrador retrievers
  • Rotteweilers
  • Mastiffs

So how can this disease be managed? After a check over with your vet, they may suggest a number of plans for your pet. This may include the use of antiinflammatories(for pain relief), joint supplements, change of diet (especially if overweight), and regular controlled exercise( to improve mobility and strength). The level of exercise will vary depending on each case.


If you think your dog may have arthritis book an appointment with your vet, as treatment can very much improve the quality of your dogs life!

Old sad dog


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