Arthritis in Senior Dogs

February 08, 2019 2 min read

Arthritis in older dogs is a very common problem. In fact, research indicates that 60% of dogs over the age of 7 are likely to develop arthritic symptoms as they continue to age. There are numerous types of arthritis that can affect dogs, but the most common is osteoarthritis—also known as degenerative joint disease. This condition can affect up to one out of five adult dogs.

Aging is a definite contributor to the development of osteoarthritis, but there are other factors as well, such as old injuries, metabolic disorders, like diabetes, and obesity. As dogs age, the cartilage in their joints begins to thin. This cartilage serves to cushion and protect the bones in the joint, and if it thins too much, the bones can rub against each other and break down. The resulting friction causes pain and loss of mobility. Any joint in your dog’s body can be affected by arthritis, but the most common locations are the hips, elbows, knees, wrists, shoulders, ankles, and lower back.

 

Symptoms:

  1. Difficulty laying down
  2. Prefers shorter walks
  3. Limping
  4. Avoids being petted
  5. Reluctance to move around as much as he/she used to
  6. Stiffness when your dog gets up in the morning
  7. Avoids stairs
  8. Refuses to jump
  9. Obsessive licking on the joint areas
  10. Fever

Typically, what will be noticed first are an increased weight gain, sleeping more, less interest to play, and a change in attitude and alertness. Fortunately, these symptoms can be treated and managed, but sadly, it cannot be cured.

 

Some natural remedies for pain relief:

1. Vitamin E 2. Fish oil, Krill oil, or Salmon oil 3. Physical therapy 4. Raised dog bowls 5. Maintaining a healthy weight 6. Acupuncture 7. Acupressure 8. Massage 9. Moderate exercise; especially swimming 10. Cold and Hot therapies 11. Turmeric powder; which is a natural anti-inflammatory (make into a paste) 12. Joint supplements You will need to discuss the best treatment plan with your veterinarian or holistic veterinarian. Be aware that as most types of arthritis are degenerative conditions, the treatment plan needs to be reassessed regularly because your dog’s condition will change over time. The Benefab® Therapeutic Compression Shirt is designed to reduce anxiety, but ALSO promote blood circulation and decrease inflammation, which aids in reducing pain and stiffness. The fabric emits far-infrared rays keeping muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments supple and relaxed. This shirt is perfect for helping our favorite canines with their arthritic symptoms. It is comfortable to wear during rest or during play. The material is also breathable with wicking qualities making it easy-to-use and even easier to care for.


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