Dog arthritis is a common problem with dogs and can become a debilitating disease if not treated. This disease affects every five adult dogs in the United States. It is an inflammation of the joints, so watch for stiffness, pain and swelling in your dog.

The joints that are usually affected are the hips (small dog breeds are prone to hip dysplasia), elbows and knees. Arthritis is a progressive disease that develops over time. Watch for early signs such as different activity level or behavior.

There are different types of canine arthritis:

  • Osteoarthritis
    This is the most common, it’s chronic and slow progressing. It is the breakdown of your pet’s cartilage.

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
    An immune disease that affects the whole body.

  • Stifle Joint Disorder
    The knee and joint be unstable.

  • Degenerative Joint Disorder
    Breakdown of knee and joint, usually cartilage and becomes unstable.

  • Signs that your dog may have arthritis :

  • Refuses to go on a walk.
  • Limping
  • Lameness
  • Reluctant to jump or climb stairs.
  • Weigh gain.
  • Overall stiffness.
  • Thickening of joints of affected limb.
  • Is your pet suffering from:

  • Ostoeoarthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow (dysplaia)
  • Knee (dysplasia)
  • Knee (stifle joint)
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Hypertrophic arthritis
  • Shoulder (degeneration)
  • Wrist Arthritis (carpi)
  • Kneecap (dislocation)

    So what do you do to help your dog? First of all, healthy diet and exercise to help maintain proper weight is important if your dog has arthritis since being overweight causes more stress on joints.

    One of the most widely used treatment for dog arthritis now is glucosmaine. It works by regenerating and rebuilding joint tissue plus stopping the pain. Liquid glucosamine is best and easy to feed your dog.

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