Canine arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and sometimes lameness in dogs. It results from various causes: genetics, trauma, overuse, diet, and age, just to name a few. With a little knowledge, you can help even an older, arthritic dog live a comfortable, meaningful life.
1. Arthritis takes many forms in dogs.
The image of an old, feeble dog often comes to mind when people think of an arthritic dog. However, even young dogs of certain breeds are prone to joint disease. Large breeds may present with hip dysplasia, a form of arthritis where the hip socket is malformed and causes joint inflammation over time.
Working or active dogs may develop arthritis caused by joint inflammation around overused and stretched tendons. Wear and tear or injury can also result in a progressive bout of arthritis that destroys the cartilage in joints.
2. Surgery and medicine aren’t the only treatments.
You may think injections and surgery are the only two options for canine arthritis. In fact, veterinarians reserve surgical treatments for extreme cases and prescription medications or injections aren’t the only non-surgical choices.
Supplements like NuJoint Plus contain glucosamine and chondroitin, ingredients shown to help repair cartilage damaged by arthritis. The NuVet Reviews page features stories of dogs that could no longer climb stairs, stopped jumping or swimming, and didn’t want to play any longer before they began taking NuVet Plus and NuJoint Plus supplements. The products featured in the NuVet Labs Reviews can be combined with a healthy diet to improve your arthritic dog’s condition.
3. Exercise is beneficial for dogs with arthritis.
It sounds counterintuitive, but low-impact exercise is important for most canine arthritis cases. Check with your vet first, but often walking or swimming can improve your dog’s physical condition by strengthening muscles and ligaments, while also helping control his weight, another common cause of arthritis.
4. Comfort is key.
No matter the extent of your dog’s arthritis, keeping him comfortable is always important. A soft place to sleep with orthopedic foam bedding helps your dog wake up in less pain. Treat him to gentle massages and mild play time to keep him loose and mobile. Raise his water and food bowls off the floor so he can reach them more easily, and use a ramp in areas he would otherwise have to climb or jump to access.