Artritis en perros: síntomas y consejos para cuidarlos mejor

Arthritis in dogs: symptoms and tips to take better care of them

The skeleton of our best friends can also deteriorate with age. arthritis in dogs is a disease that affects almost 20% of the canine population in Spain. We are going to see its symptoms and possible causes, as well as give you some home remedies for arthritis in dogs.

How to detect arthritis in dogs: symptoms

Arthritis consists of inflammation of the joints ; the cartilage wears down over time and, consequently, there is a progressive friction between the bones.

Therefore, arthritis is a degenerative disease in dogs and other elderly mammals, which makes it difficult for them to move due to the pain caused by the friction of the bones against each other.

The pain will cause your dog to present some symptoms that will suggest that he suffers from this disease:

  • Joint stiffness: you will see that your dog tends to move less, and avoids certain joint torsions when walking or prostrating.
  • Limitation of movement: consequently, your dog will be a little clumsier than usual when he has to move, and you will notice that it is more difficult for him to lie down, get up or walk down the stairs.
  • Reduced physical activity : Due to joint pain, your dog will refuse to play or run as he used to, and will tend to adopt a sedentary behavior.
  • Deformation of the joints: the destruction of the cartilage ends up producing inflammation, since the element that protects the bones of the joint from rubbing against each other is eliminated.

Causes of arthritis in dogs

The inevitable: age

arthritis in older dogs is, not surprisingly, the most common. As they age, dogs suffer the consequences of the degeneration of their cartilage. In short, something very similar to what can happen to people.

The bad news is that it is an irreversible process, in which we can only intervene to mitigate the symptoms and slightly improve our friend's quality of life.

The "first world": being overweight

On the other hand, being overweight is a factor that aggravates and accelerates the evolution of arthritis. It is more common to find swollen joints in obese dogs than in dogs with a good body mass index.

The problem is that urban lifestyles often restrict the time owners spend with their dogs to exercise and maintain proper muscle tone. When the muscles are not toned, the skeleton must support the weight of the entire body , and the chances of its deterioration are increased.

The avoidable: a poor diet

Another consequence associated with a sedentary lifestyle is poor nutrition , either because the dog eats excessively or because the quality of its food is not appropriate. Normally, veterinarians emphasize the importance of administering feed that is as balanced and complete as possible.

Therefore, if a dog usually eats dairy products, red meat, bread, citrus fruits, potatoes, tomatoes or nuts (among other foods), it is very likely that it will develop arthritis, even prematurely .

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4 tips to improve the situation of your dog with arthritis

1.Personalized diet

Even assuming the chronic nature of arthritis in dogs and the lack of treatment, its effect can be lessened by a diet specifically designed for dogs with arthritis Veterinarians usually recommend the intake of acid hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, fatty acids (Omega 3 and 6) and vitamins C and E.

2. Light exercise

Before it is too late and arthritis forces the dog to remain bedridden most of his time, it is recommended that he avoid a sedentary lifestyle and perform physical exercises that allow him to preserve his muscle mass. It is quite possible that he can no longer run as before, so we recommend swimming , an exercise in which the joints suffer less.

3. Ease of movement

Architectural barriers are not only a nuisance for disabled people, but also for dogs with arthritis. If your dog suffers from this disease, it shouldn't go up and down stairs regularly, or try to climb onto the sofa or bed.

4. Rest and rest

Finally, you will have to assume that your dog will need more rest times, and that these will have to be sufficiently restorative. For this reason, we advise you to provide your best friend with a suitable mattress , both in terms of size and ergonomics, and where he can adopt natural postures and not strain his joints. The viscoelastic mattresses that you will find in our store are perfect to guarantee the rest of your pet.

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Arthritis in dogs is a degenerative disease that, despite being chronic and unavoidable, has an impact that can be mitigated. With a diet that slows down the degeneration of cartilage, physical exercise and, of course, comfortable mattresses that promote rest, we will be helping our best friend to better cope with his pain.

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