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Dog Arthritis

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Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis or degenerative joint disease, is the most
common form of arthritis in dogs. Still, it is more common in dogs than it is in cats and
produces milder symptoms. In a dog with degenerative joint disease, the cartilage covering
the articulating surface of a joint wears out and the underlying bone develops a roughened
surface that damages the joint. Osteoarthritis occurs in joints that have been severely
stressed, dislocated, or fractured. Proper early care of joint injuries may reduce the
severity of any subsequent lameness.

Although osteoarthritis may begin during the first half of life, symptoms generally do not
appear until much later. The signs are mainly stiffness and lameness. Lameness is usually
worse when the cat wakes up but gets better as the day wears on. Dogs may show swelling
around affected joints and muscle atrophy on legs with arthritic conditions. There may be a
reluctance to jump and leap. They often exhibit irritability and behavioral changes
associated with increasing disability. Cold and damp surroundings increase pain and
stiffness.

The diagnosis of osteoarthritis is made by joint X-rays that show bone spurs at points
where the ligaments and the joint capsule attach to the bone. There may be varying
degrees of joint space narrowing and increased density of bone around the joint.

Treating Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can be reversed. Immediate treatment can substantially improve the dog’s
life. Keeping dogs at a trim weight will take stress off their joints. It also helps to provide
warm places for dogs to sleep and rest. An arthritic dog may need steps to get to favorite
places, such as the bed, the couch, and the windowsill. Massage, touch, and physical
therapy may be beneficial. Acupuncture can be helpful for many dogs, and if the dog is
willing to swim, hydrotherapy can be a great boon.

Many dogs will benefit from chondroprotective supplements such as glucosamine-chondroitin
products to repair joint cartilage and prevent and reverse damage. In severe cases,
analgesics and corticosteroids may be used to relieve pain and improve function.

Avoid Arthritis :

You can help your dog avoid arthritis by providing him or her with pet naturals hip and joint
pills along with 50mg calcium and 100mg of magnesium. Also adding collagen and cherry
juice will ensure that your dog never contracts arthritis. This should be done on a daily basis. 
 


Dog Arthritis Symptoms      

Symptoms of dog arthritis include:
  • Lethargic
  • Does not want to be touched, especially along the spine or the affected limb
  • Excessive licking of the affected area
  • Limping
  • Stiffness, especially after rest
  • Difficulty in climbing or jumping
  • Tenderness in limb or spine
  • Loss of appetite
  • Irritability
If you dog has arthritis try to keep these foods out of his/her's diet. These have
been found to aggravate arthritis in dogs. They include:

  • White Potatoes (not sweet potatoes)
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Eggplant
On the other hand, certain foods and supplements will help reverse dog arthritis:
  • 100% Black Cherry Juice (3ml per 10lbs) Natural Sources or 
  •  useSolgar Cherry Capsules
  • Acidophilus Pearl (1 a day)
  • Collagen 1,3 and Collagen 2 is very important for repair bones and tissue. 
  • Give 1 pill for every 50 lbs of dog
  • Pet Naturals Hip and Joint for dogs
  • Sweet Potatoes
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