If you notice that your four-legged friend has reduced mobility than usual, and is reluctant to move, to jump, it may be because he has osteoarthritis.
What is osteoarthritis?
It is a degeneration of the structure of the joints that causes joint pain. It can affect all breeds and from the age of one year. Unfortunately it is an irreversible and progressive disease manifested by crises. Certain factors promote osteoarthritis, such as overweight, trauma affecting the joints, infectious diseases, repeated stress but also natural aging which also affects the bones and joints of the dog. To keep your dog in good health, it is advisable to feed him a healthy diet and possibly add food supplements in the form of tablets, powders or capsules. It is essential that animals engage in regular and moderate physical activity to limit the risk of developing this disease.
How to spot osteoarthritis and treat it?
There are several symptoms for dogs, they are the same for different breeds:
- Difficulty getting up
- Difficulty walking due to pain, reluctance to climb stairs, jump
- Loss of muscle mass
- Behavior change (aggressiveness, decreased activity, eat less …)
If you spot these signs, take your pet to see the vet who can determine the causes. There are ways to relieve joint pain in dogs, however, at present the disease is irreversible. It is essential to keep a daily activity adapted for the dog so that it maintains good muscle mass, necessary for the good maintenance of its articular structure. This helps prevent ankylosis, strengthens the bone structure, and thus helps alleviate pain. To relieve it, the veterinarian will give him anti-inflammatory drugs that will act on inflammation and pain, but we can help reduce their dose with a food supplement containing for example chondroprotectors or omega 3 essential fatty acids, or more plant extracts to promote mobility. It is recommended to supervise your animal from an early age.