How to Relieve Your Dog's Arthritis

How to Relieve Your Dog's Arthritis
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Has your dog's walk become stiff? Does he groan or is having a hard time getting up from the floor? Is your dog gaining weight? Is he irritable and avoiding touch? Your dog may have arthritis.

What is Arthritis

Arthritis is the inflammation of the joints and is a common problem in dogs particularly senior dogs. It has the same pain and discomfort that humans experience when they have arthritis that is why proper care and helping them ease the pain should be your priority.
The joints that are commonly affected are:
  • Elbow
  • Hips
  • Shoulder
  • Wrist
  • Knee joint
  • Backbone
  • Ankle

What Causes Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis is the result of damage to the cartilage within the affected joint. This damage happens due to the wear and tear of the joint from aging, obesity, athletic injuries, congenital abnormalities, traumatic injuries, etc.
The primary function of the cartilage is to provide a cushion between the joint and the bone. When the cartilage is damaged, the cells die and it releases the enzymes. This causes the inflammation of the joint capsule and excessive production of joint fluids. Without the cartilage to provide a cushion, the bones of your dog will become completely damaged. This is called osteoarthritis.
When the immune system of your dog is lacking lining in the joint capsule (synovial membrane), it becomes inflamed and swollen. This destroys the cartilage and the bone within the joint. This is called rheumatoid arthritis.
There is no specific breed or gender for a dog to have arthritis. But, this disease affects elderly dogs

Signs that Your Dog Has Arthritis