What is Osteoarthritis?
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.
Top 4 Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis
Age: 80% of dogs will show signs of OA by age 8. However, some dogs show signs as early as the age of one year.
Breed: Large dog breeds like Labs, Retrievers and Shepherds are more likely to develop OA at a young age. Small to medium-sized dogs can have OA as well but it may not be as prevalent.
Joint issues: Your dog may be at risk for OA if your dog has a joint issue such as hip dysplasia, knee problems, ligament injuries or if your dog has had joint surgery.
Weight: It’s important to know the optimal weight for your dog’s breed. Try to keep him close to that weight to minimize stress on his joints.
5 Ways to Help Dogs with Osteoarthritis
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?
- Combat the signs of OA with a revolutionary treatment created by Parnell, Glyde™ Mobility Chews. Glyde promotes joint health and cartilage development to help keep dogs and cats active and youthful, longer. Improvement can be seen in most dogs with regular dosage.
- Of course, making sure your dog is still active will help their joints work better. This includes regular walking and playing with your dog. A great opportunity to go to the dog park!
Keeping the weight down for your dog is a great way to combat OA. The heavier the dog, the more pressure on their joints. Every bit helps to make them more comfortable.
Massage therapy for a dog works just as well as it does for humans. You can do this yourself.
Provide more cushion for your pets. This includes a fluffy bed, rugs on the floor to lie on and more. If they are on a hardwood floor most days, that will begin to feel less comfortable.
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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