Arthritis in dogs is a major health problem. In fact, one-fifth of dogs in the US, above the age of seven, suffer from painful DJD (degenerative joint disease) as veterinarians like to say. It is also one of the top recurring pains in dogs that they treat. Arthritis in dogs can affect their spine, elbows, shoulders, hip and neck.
If you're not sure if your dog has arthritis, here are a few obvious signs:
Is he be liable to favor one side over another (His joints could be too painful on one side, so he will tend to put more weight on the other to escape pain. He may even show discomfort while standing or even sitting on a specific side)
Unusual weight gain (Because of the painful joints, he may tend to be more lethargic or even sleep more not getting the exercise a fit dog would usually get)
Not as active (If you've noticed he isn't as spirited or unusually hesitant in his movements. This is due to stiff joints). All these symptoms can point to this condition.
If you've noticed your dog with any one of the above symptoms for more than a week, don't hesitate to get him to a veterinarian. This way he can be properly diagnosed and treated.
There are home remedies that you may even wish to try that will ease the pain of arthritis in dogs.
Your dog's diet is one area that you might need to look into. Dry dog food is made up mostly of grains which cause inflammation of the joints. A better choice would be to try preparing his meals with raw or cooked meat as well as cooked vegetables.
They are not only healthier for him but should help alleviate some of the swelling in his joints, that's caused by arthritis in dogs. (Stay away from anything spicy such as peppers and even onions). Omega 3 fatty acids can be used as a supplement in order to decrease the amount of inflammation in the joints. Try giving him fish capsules. Flax seed is also a great anti-inflammatory.
Even though your dog may be in pain, it's still significant that he gets a short amount of exercise. If he's not skittish to water, try having him swim. For smaller dogs, a kiddy pool would work great. This way, there is no pressure on the joints, yet he is still being mobile. Also take him for short 15 minute walks. Don't expect too much from him such as running after a ball or jumping.
Provide a soft, comfortable area for your dog to sleep. In the winter time, when the cool air can stiffen joints, try putting an old sleeping bag or pillow on the floor to help keep his joints warm. If your dog is an exterior dog, you may want to fetch him into the garage at night to avoid the cold temperatures.
PetAlive Muscle and Joint Support is a 100% natural, safe effective herbal and homeopathic remedy that has a therapeutic and protective effect on the skeletal system, including muscles, joints, cartilage and tendons.
Helpful for dogs suffering from arthritis, rheumatism and degenerative joint disease and can also be used as a tonic and preventative in animals known to be susceptible to joint and bone ailments.
PetAlive Muscle and Joint Support comes in convenient capsule form. Capsules may be swallowed whole by larger dogs. However, most owners find that it is easier and more convenient to open the capsule and mix the contents with wet food or a small treat.
Results will vary depending on factors like diet, exercise as well as the health of your pet. With consistent use, you should be seeing improvement within 6 - 8 weeks, although some animals will respond sooner.
These are just a few ways that we can help relieve the pain of arthritis in dogs. Although, visiting a veterinarian should also be considered. Your veterinarian will probably take an x-ray to see the injury to the joints. With the rising amount of arthritis in dogs, there are medications that have been developed to alleviate and even help mend the joints.
A popular medication for arthritis in dogs is glucosamine. It is a sugar that is generated from shell fish that motivates joint repair and lessens joint pain. Glucosamine is a natural ingredient that is found in animals, but with age, the body has a decrease in making of this important ingredient. Glucosamine works by stimulating your body to produce Synovial fluid. Synovial fluid is necessary for healthy joints. It lubricates the cartilage to aid in mobility.
Never take matters into your own hands by giving your dog human medications. They can be toxic to his body, especially if given in the wrong dosage form.
Animal care has come a long way in meeting the needs of our canines. Taking your dog to regular check ups at a veterinarian is one way to keep up with your dog's health needs. If we want our animals to have happy and healthy lives, taking care of their body is important. They can't do it without us.