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Arthritis Treatment for Dogs

Did you know that even puppies can get arthritis? Any disease that causes wear and tear on the cartilage causes arthritis, including trauma, developmental diseases, poor conformation, injury, growth deformities, high impact and repetitive exercise, and old age.

What are the symptoms of arthritis in dogs?

Arthritis can present in subtle ways, including your dog leaning forward when he stands or wiggling his body when he walks, expending more energy than he needs because he is painful. Any abnormal position when standing, sitting, walking, or moving could be attributed to arthritis. Swollen or painful joints, limping, stiffness before or after activity, difficulty getting up or down stairs or from sitting/laying down, are obvious signs of arthritis and should be treated immediately.

What causes arthritis in dogs?

Most arthritis results from developmental problems like bone or limb deformities and hip dysplasia. Trauma and injury also cause arthritis, as well as general wear and tear of cartilage in all the joints.

What are some treatment options for arthritis in dogs?

Omega 3 fatty acid supplements, regular gentle exercise especially leash walking, and a variety of anti-inflammatory medications are available including non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. There are a number of types of anti-inflammatory drugs formulated specifically for dogs. Talk to your veterinarian about the best one for your pet.

Can I give my dog Aspirin?

Always talk to a veterinarian before giving your pet human medications. Aspirin, like many human medications, can have serious effects in some animals and can be toxic or even deadly at human or even the lowest dosages. Medications and natural supplements can interact with other medications or natural supplements and dosages can vary widely between species or even breeds, especially if there is any underlying disease.