As people grow older and their bodies endure more wear and tear, arthritis can affect the joints in their arms and legs. Similarly, aging dogs commonly experience this degenerative condition. It is difficult to fully prevent – some breeds are more susceptible, and the natural breakdown of their bodies will weaken their defenses. So, here are a handful of steps to spot arthritis in your pet early on, and how to make living with arthritis as bearable as possible.
Potential Signs of Arthritis
The trouble with diagnosing arthritis as a non-medical professional is its symptoms can be easily mistaken as some other condition or injury. If your pet is favoring one limb over the others, having a hard time sitting down or standing up, or sleeping excessively, arthritis may be working its effects. Other signs to keep an eye out for include (but are not limited to) decreased energy and interest in play, deterioration in happy attitude, and an impaired ability to stay alert. If multiple symptoms such as these persist for several weeks or more, take your canine into the vet for an arthritis examination.
Healthy Diet and Exercise
A proper diet and regular walks, play sessions, or jogs around a nearby park will be a boon to your pet’s long-term well-being. Depending on the stage of arthritis, some more vigorous activities may have to be excluded. Nonetheless, your dog’s limberness and mood should improve with time if you are considerate about regularly playing with him or her. Avoid over-feeding them or passing out lots of fatty, human snacks – the more nutritious their diet, the more resilient and well-functioning their body will become.
Based on your veterinarian’s diagnosis and treatment recommendations, therapy via prescribed medicine may substantially ease the arthritis. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) are doled out for arthritis more than any other vet prescription. Some over the counter options are available as well, which can be more affordable. Look into oral supplements that contain glucosamine or Omega fatty acids, both of which – according to recent research – lessen and regulate the severity of arthritis in dogs.