Did you know that 25% of all dogs are affected by some form of joint problem? This percentage goes up dramatically and senior dogs. The latest statistics show that up to 70% of all senior dogs have painful arthritis. If you suspect that your canine friend has a joint problem,
take them to be examined right away. A small amount of damage can become a much bigger problem if not treated in a timely manner.
Osteoarthritis is the most common form of joint disease in dogs. It is characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in one or more joints accompanied by inflammation and pain that progresses to a debilitating condition that can severely affect joint mobility and health. Common symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain, inflammation, erosion of the cartilage, loss of joint lubrication, loss of mobility and flexibility, and atrophy of the surrounding muscles. Osteoarthritis can be difficult to detect, so it is important to watch your dog’s nonverbal cues closely and take even subtle changes seriously. Signs that you should look for include favoring a limb, difficulty sitting or standing, sleeping more, weight gain, hesitancy to run, jump, or climb stairs, decreased activity or interest in play, becoming less alert and responsive, and attitude or behavioral changes. Proactive nutritional support throughout your dog’s life can make a big difference in their overall health and quality of life.