Arthritis, also sometimes referred to as degenerative joint disease, DJD, osteoarthritis or OA, refers to the inflammation of one or more joints. It can be caused by traumatic injuries, physical deformities, joint infections, genetic predispositions and problems with the immune system. Arthritis is painful, progressive and usually permanent. It is can lead to joint deformities, lameness, stiffness and loss of normal joint function, depending on the number of joints involved and the age and general health of the affected animal. In severe cases, arthritis can be crippling and completely debilitating. Unfortunately, this disease is fairly common in companion dogs. Still, there are a number of things that owners can do to help their arthritic dogs lead full and fairly pain-free lives. These include weight management, dietary and lifestyle changes, surgical procedures and medications and supplements that provide pain relief and may delay further joint damage.
Joint inflammation and pain, commonly called arthritis, can be classified as degenerative (non-inflammatory or traumatic) or inflammatory. While this nomenclature can be confusing, because all joint disease involves inflammation, the primary cause of degenerative joint disease is not inflammation, while the primary causes of inflammatory arthritis is. Inflammatory arthritis can be further categorized as infectious or immune-mediated (sterile) in nature.Degenerative joint disease, also called osteoarthritis or OA, is one of the most common types of
Arthritis is a painful, progressive, usually permanent joint disease that unfortunately is common in domestic dogs. While it is most commonly seen in older dogs, arthritis can also strike younger animals, especially those with a genetic predisposition to developing the disease. Arthritic dogs experience varying degrees of stiffness, soreness, lameness and pain in one or more affected joints. They feel worse when they get up in the morning or try to stand after taking a
Arthritis is extremely common in domestic dogs. One of the more common forms of arthritis, called osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD), reportedly affects about one out of every five dogs at some point during their lifetime. Fortunately, arthritis is not particularly difficult to diagnose. In most cases, owners bring their aging dogs to a veterinarian because they have noticed that they are limping, reluctant to stand up and just generally starting to slow
Arthritis is a painful condition and when an owner suspects that his aging dog may be suffering from arthritis, it is time to get a veterinarian’s assessment of the dog’s overall health and physical status. Fortunately, a number of medications and dietary supplements are available to help alleviate much of the discomfort associated with this condition and manage the disease’s progression. The goals of treating arthritis are to relieve pain, improve mechanical joint function, slow
Fortunately, there are many non-surgical treatment options to address arthritis in dogs. These can be used to treat mild, moderate and even severe cases of arthritis. Available options include oral supplements which support joint health, weight management, acupuncture, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) and corticosteroidal therapies.Therapeutic massage can help detect, alleviate, and prevent conditions that can keep your pet from enjoying the freedom of movement they're supposed to have. It can help restore and improve range
Surgical procedures are available to address severe cases of canine arthritis. These procedures potentially can dramatically improve a dog’s quality of life. However, surgery is usually a last resort for cases of canine arthritis, as the consequences of surgery can include pain and other debilitating symptoms that are associated with the disorder.When non-surgical treatment options for arthritis fail to help the dog, as if the dog’s joints have become so severely damaged that non-surgical treatment