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Getting old sucks and our pets are never with us long enough. Arthritis in dogs is a sure sign of old age and we want to postpone it as much as possible. We want what is best for our pets and keeping them feeling as good as they can for as long as we can let them is our ultimate goal.
Don’t you wish our dogs could stay puppies forever? Well maybe after they’re potty trained and get in our routine, maybe not so much of a puppy- puppy.
What is Arthritis in Dogs?
Arthritis in dogs means inflammation in your dog’s joints. This can include but isn’t limited to knees, hips, and/or spine.
Some dog breeds are more susceptible to arthritis than others, but ultimately it is just part of getting old. The fluid or cartilage in the joint breaks down causing less than a cushion and can be painful.
Signs of Arthritis
- Laying around more
- Slow getting up
- Difficulty moving
- Spinal Issues
- Sleeping alot
- Muscle Atrophy
- Licking, chewing, biting
Treatments For Arthritis In Dogs
Although there is not a cure for arthritis there are various products we can try to help the pain and slow down the damage.
Glucosamine and chondroitin are part of normal cartilage contained in joints. Adding a supplement to their diet can help cushion those joints.
It does take anywhere from three to eight weeks to see a difference in pain reduction. If longer than eight weeks go by and there is no change then the damage may be too much for supplements to help.
As always, consult your local Veterinarian if you believe your pet has arthritis or before starting them on any supplements or medications.
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Talk to your Veterinarian about other options. There is an injection to consider called Adequan, but it can get quite pricey.