Arthritis Treatment for Dogs
If you’ve been noticing that your dog doesn’t run to the front door when you ask him if he wants to go for a walk, or maybe he’s a lot slower getting down off your bed, or he has trouble rising into a standing position from the floor, he could be developing arthritis. Arthritis is mostly seen in senior pets.
What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?
There are a few red flags which can signal early stage arthritis;
• Back pain
• Tires easily
• Your dog has started limping or walking more carefully
• Can’t do some of the things he used to do, like jumping up into the car or easily going up and down the stairs.
What causes arthritis in dogs?
There are a couple of leading causes for arthritis. The first is known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). It is a gradual loss of the cartilage cushion to the bones. Overtime as the cartilage wears away, the bones rub together causing pain.
The second is inflammatory joint disease, typically caused by fungal or bacterial infections or even genetic deficiencies that can attack the dog’s immune system.
What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?
There is no cure for canine arthritis, but there are effective treatments. Regular exercise, weight loss, introducing omega 3 fatty acids, glucosamine supplements or joint formula diets into your dog’s diet can be helpful. Also, the use of pain meds ~ NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory) medications may help make your dog more comfortable and live pain-free.
Can I give my dog Aspirin?
Always ask your veterinarian before giving any type of medication or supplement to your dog.