Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disease that affects people as well as dogs. OA can be as painful for our dogs as it is for us. In healthy joints, a slippery tissue called cartilage cushions the ends of the bones in the joints. With OA, cartilage breaks down, causing pain and swelling. As OA gets worse, bone spurs can form, causing more pain and joint damage. When this happens, your dog may become less active or show signs of stiffness when getting up. However, OA can be difficult to recognize and your dog may not show any signs of OA.
Osteoarthritis can be difficult to recognize and your dog may not show any signs.
That’s why it’s important to talk to your veterinarian today about keeping your dog active and youthful. The earlier you start the better chance you have of bringing out the puppy inside him.
Just as arthritis in painful for people, it is for dogs too. But think of the last time you heard someone complain about arthritis? Here are the facts: dogs can’t talk. So all you can do is view their behavior. Based on the risk factors, you can determine if your dog might be a risk. Now, what to do to help?
The bottom line is – what makes you more comfortable if your joints were aching? Most likely you would be taking some sort of supplement and trying to stay active. Do the same for your dog. Our dogs are not just like family – they ARE family!
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