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Arthritis in Dogs

Charlene was a caregiver and is really good at researching in order to help her loved ones navigate their illnesses/conditions.

“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”

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Arthritis in dogs is common and the very same affliction of arthritis that some humans suffer as well. It is an ailment wherein the body’s joints swell up and become stiff and painful. The inflammation that comes with this disease causes a modification in the joint’s cartilage, and also alters the fluids in the joint, and the adjoining bones may also be affected.

Arthritis in dogs comes in different types. The commonest type of arthritis in dogs is Osteoarthritis. This is where there is a gradual degeneration in the joint’s cartilage. There are other common types of arthritis in dogs which include idiopathic arthritis; wherein there is no identified cause/s for the disorder, infective, and immune-mediated arthritis.

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Symptoms of arthritis in dogs are not difficult to spot if you pay good enough attention to your best friend. You may be alerted to the fact that your dog may be having issues with canine arthritis when their joints are swollen and stiff, your dog is limping, he loses his usual alertness and suddenly gains weight, as well as losing interest in playing as vigorously as you both used to. They will also be diffident with respect to the climbing of stairs, running, as well as even walking.

Old age is the most common reason for arthritis in dogs. In addition, an old injury to his joints and/or limbs may also lead to the development of arthritis in dogs. If your dog is overweight this may also lead to them developing arthritis. Genetics may also be the cause of arthritis in your dog. If you become aware of these symptoms in your dog, then get a dog crate, if need be, to keep them near you so you can observe and be near. If these symptoms persist for more than a week, then the right thing to do is to take him to the veterinarian. The condition is usually diagnosed via a physical test that is followed by x-rays and then an analysis of the fluids in the joints.

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Arthritis in dogs can be treated by putting your dog on a diet that is a healthy and structured exercise routine that the vet supervises and manages. Additionally, you will need to properly control your dog’s weight. This can be done through walking him on his leash, swimming, as well as jogging that is controlled. Some vets also recommend acupuncture to lessen the pain.

Canine arthritis is also treated with anti-inflammatory drugs that are no-steroidal and loaded in vitamin C, fatty acids, glucosamine, and Omega 3. These medications aid in the reduction of both swelling and pain. They can also be used in conjunction with some over-the-counter medicines. However, you may also need to consult with the vet as a number of medications that are for human beings are not good for dogs.

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Surgery is also a means of treating arthritis in dogs. The surgery that is used to help with the sickness in the places such as the elbows and shoulders is arthroscopy. The vet may decide to use metal implants to fuse some of the damaged joints together. In more recent times, veterinarians have opted to perform hip and elbow replacements on dogs with arthritis, however, The age of the dog may render them not qualified for surgery.

It’s strange how very perceptive dogs are hey, Sally (my German Shepherd) was always very close to my son, Jaden. My son was severely disabled and was wheelchair-bound but Jaden developed a special bond with Sally without doing as well as saying a thing. My son would laugh when Sally climbed on him to lick his face when he was smaller then, as Jaden got older, he loved Sally to lick his hands or feet.

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I lost my son in March 2020 and Sally, my dog, used to limp into his room in the months after his passing just so sad like she was looking for him. She would become so agitated when she couldn’t find him then I would start crying and she would just sit by me and rest her head on my foot. My dog, Sally, was such a sweetheart and was too old for surgery but it wasn’t just arthritis. She had a growth on her paw that turned out to be cancerous, my poor honeypie was in so much pain from both arthritis and the discomfort of her paw that she had to be put down in November 2020.

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This content reflects the personal opinions of the author. It is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and should not be substituted for impartial fact or advice in legal, political, or personal matters.

© 2021 Charlene Gallant

Comments

Charlene Gallant (author) from Cape Town, South Africa on September 28, 2021:

Thank you Pamela for always taking the time to read my articles...really appreciate it:)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 28, 2021:

My sister just had a dog with pretty bad arthritis. I am sorry to hear about your loss and your poor dog's actions, Charlene. Thank you for sharing the arthritis information.

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