Your Dog Can Have Arthritis Too

January 9, 2008 by  
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First of all, I am not a dog person. I’ve never really had any pets at all, ever, least of all a dog.

I was bitten by a puppy when I was 10. I was rushed immediately to the local quack doctor. Then the area’s (near my right ankle, where I was bitten) skin was sliced thinly twice with a sharp blade.

After which, the tip of a deer’s horn was placed on top of the wound, creating some sort of vacuum, thereby sucking all the bad blood that was supposedly containing the dog’s rabies.

The said puppy died after several days. You know what the means right? But then the barbaric process done on me was probably effective. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have lasted this long without turning into some sort of a crazy dog myself.

Anyway, that wasn’t the end of it. Ten years ago, I was bitten by the same dog three times. This time though, the dog had regular anti-rabies shots.

So, you can ask me again why I am not a dog person!

Speaking of dogs…

Arthritis isn’t the most debilitating condition in humans only, but in dogs too.

Most specifically older dogs.

Apparently, the older the dog becomes, the worse the arthritis becomes.

Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in canines today. It is a degenerative joint disease (DJD) that gets progressively worse as your canine gets older.

Characterized by a loss of cartilage and the death of cartilage-producing cells, this can be a very painful disease for any canine to go through.

How to go about if your dog has arthritis? First and foremost your dog should have regular vet visits.

In this article, written are some of the ways that canine arthritis can be treated:

  • Aspirin — pain reliever for dogs too.
  • Carprofen (or Rimadyl) — more potent pain killer than aspirin.
  • Chondroprotective agents- for protection of the cartilage while it attempts to repair itself. Example are Cosequin and Glyco-flex (containing glucosamine and purified chondroitin sulfate)

And then, alternative treatments include:

  • surgery
  • acupuncture

Looks like not very different from the treatments in humans.

If medications fail to reduce pain, there are many surgical options for dysplasia in the elbows or hips. Surgeries where part of the thigh bone are removed to resolve the pain, all the way to total hip replacement with a prosthetic device can be performed. However, surgical procedures should be discussed with a trained professional.

Acupuncture has actually been used to help with a reduction in pain. Although not very many studies have been performed, acupuncture is growing increasingly popular amongst humans and canines. Pain from hip dysplasia or other DJD’’s is a common reason for acupuncture referrals.

So, do you have any experience in canine arthritis? How did you go about it? How did your dog handle the treatments?

I wonder how long can dogs live before getting arthritis. And then how long do dogs survive life arthritis?

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