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How To Treat Arthritis in Dogs?

(January 23, 2012)

Caring for a dog requires a lot of personal sacrifice as well as proper time management on part of the owner. However, most dog enthusiasts will agree that the positives greatly outweigh the negatives when it comes to having a canine companion. Highly regarded for their sense of loyalty, dogs can also be easily trained to perform certain tasks around the house. Just like humans, they need to be cared for and loved – and taken care of when illness strikes. Arthritis in dogs is a rather common condition, and as with humans, it often accompanies the aging process. In canines arthritis is considered to be the result of degenerative joint changes. Although aging is the most obvious natural cause of arthritis in dogs, long term stress on a particular joint is also known to be a contributing factor.

The proper treatment of arthritis in dogs revolves around the correct diagnosis of the condition. Understanding the symptoms of the condition will go a long way into finding an early and effective treatment for the condition. Some of the more common symptoms include – limping, a reluctance to climb stairs or any incline as well as constant whimpering and crying as a result of the pain endured in the joints.  

There are numerous home remedies for arthritis in dogs, as well as a variety of arthritis treatments that can help a dog regain significant mobility and reduce the pain. Most treatments and therapies aim to reduce the symptoms like inflammation and severe joint pain, so as to make life more comfortable and enjoyable for the dog. Being overweight is something that will affect your animal’s ability to deal with the condition significantly and making sure that you provide the animal with a healthy diet as well as a regular and balanced workout routine in order to shed those extra pounds will go a long way into helping the animal deal with the condition more easily. Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory drugs, also known as NSAID’s are regularly prescribed by veterinarians in order to subdue the swelling around the affected joint while a high intake of omega 3 fatty acids is known to help with the treatment of the condition. You can also help reduce the pain experienced by the animal by placing a hot water bottle over the affected joints. The heat penetrates through the joints very easily and provides substantial relief. Raising the level of the dog’s food dish and water bowl will reduce the amount of stress placed on its joints when lowering itself to drink water or eat.

Submitted by N on January 23, 2012 at 12:59


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