What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is a general term for abnormal changes in a joint. These changes occur when cartilage is worn away faster than it can be replaced. Cartilage acts as a cushion to protect the bones. When it wears away, joints become swollen and painful.
What causes arthritis in dogs?
|Age||As pets get older, cartilage will begin to degenerate. Many senior dogs suffer from arthritis to some degree.|
|Breed||Large breeds are more prone to arthritis. These include Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Rottweilers.|
|Weight gain puts extra stress on the joints, which can lead to arthritis.|
|Joints can deteriorate as a result of stress or trauma caused by an accident.|
|Some pets are born with conditions that make arthritis more likely in later life.|
|Infection||Occasionally, an infection can lead to the destruction of joint tissue
Does my pet have arthritis?
If your dog has arthritis, the first thing you'll notice is that he or she finds movement difficult and is reluctant to walk, run and jump. Your dog may also yelp or flinch when touched in the affected area.
Some symptoms of arthritis are similar to those of other serious conditions. Make sure you consult your veterinarian if you notice any of these signs.
The Importance of Nutrition
The food your pet eats plays an important role in his or her overall health and well-being. Balanced nutrition is an essential part of an active, healthy lifestyle. If your pet has arthritis or mobility problems, ask your veterinarian if the right nutrition can help manage the condition and help keep your pet active and more comfortable.