Osteoarthritis is a common problem in dogs, particularly in seniors and large breeds. Identifying the problem early and initiating appropriate management can help keep the dog active and improve quality of life, As there is no cure for this progressive condition in conventional treatment but alternative systems like homeopathic medicine are providing some hope.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis also referred to as Degenerative Joint Disease, is a progressive inflammation of the joints caused by the deterioration of cartilage. While any joint in the body can develop osteoarthritis, the condition most commonly affects the limbs and lower spine. In a healthy joint, cartilage acts as a cushion to allow the joint to move smoothly through its full range of motion. In cases of osteoarthritis, this cartilage cushion begins to break down because of factors such as age, injury, repetitive stress, or disease. The loss of this protective cushion results in pain, inflammation, decreased range of motion, and the development of bone spurs.
Risk Factors for Osteoarthritis in Dogs
Any dog can develop osteoarthritis, particularly as they age, But there are some factors that can predispose a dog to this condition, such as Injuries such as fractures or ligament tears due to Repetitive stress from athletic activities Large or giant breeds, German Shepherd Dogs, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers Obesity Age, particularly middle-age to senior dogs Infections that affect the joints, such as Lyme Disease, Improper nutrition, Poor conformation, Genetics.
Signs of Osteoarthritis in Dogs
Osteoarthritis can be difficult to detect in its early stages, and often the symptoms do not become apparent until the affected joint is badly damaged. Some dogs can also be very stoic and will hide their pain until it becomes severe. Thus, it is important to monitor middle-aged to senior dogs and those predisposed to osteoarthritis for early signs of joint disease.
These signs include
Stiffness, lameness or difficulty getting up, Lethargy, Reluctance to run, jump, or play, Weight gain, Irritability or changes in behavior, Pain when petted or touched. Difficulty posturing to urinate or defecate or having accidents in the house Loss of muscle mass over the limbs and spine.
Veterinarians may also recommend other treatment modalities such as physiotherapy, acupuncture, cold laser, and changes in diet. In severe cases, they may recommend surgery to remove damaged tissue from the joint, or even to replace the joint entirely.
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