Arthritis

Typically arthritis is a problem seen in older dogs, but the condition can develop from an early age following problems with bone and joint development. Depending on the cause, arthritis may affect one or any number of your dog's joints. So what causes it? Most cases develop as a result of abnormal rubbing within the joint caused by joint instability (e.g. after ligament damage), damage to or abnormal cartilage development, or damage caused by trauma (e.g. fractures). Like humans, signs of arthritis can often vary throughout the animal's life and result in the early onset of joint problems in older age.

Symptoms:

  • Reluctance to rise or move
  • Swollen joints, which can be warm to the touch and tender
  • Joints that hurt when touched, moved, or palpated
  • Visible joint deformities
  • A lack of interest in play or physical activity
  • An inability to jump onto familiar beds, sofas, car seats, or the back of an SUV
  • Increased inactivity or sleep
  • Weight gain from inactivity or weight loss from lack of appetite
  • Depression or lack of interest Intermittent lameness or a limp
  • A three-legged or “hopping” four-legged gait
  • Stiffness after rest or after vigorous exercise
  • An unusual or abnormal stance when walking
  • Exaggerated hind leg movement
  • Dragging the back feet

Common Causes:  

-Obesity
-Age, particularly middle-age to senior dogs
-Repetitive stress from athletic activities such as agility, fly ball, or dock diving
-Injuries such as fractures or ligament tears
-Infections that affect the joints, such as Lyme Disease
-Improper nutrition
-Poor conformation

Natural Remedies:

Incorporation of Omega 3 in the diet of your dog can reduce inflammation in the body which in turn will reduce the pain caused due to Arthritis. Omega 3 is found in abundance in fish and hemp seed oils. -Golden paste is considered to have multiple healing properties, including reducing inflammation. Adding it to your dog’s is not only recommended for arthritis, but also for overall wellness. -Alfalfa also provides significant relief for dogs with arthritis. Daily supplementation offers long-term pain relief.

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