As your dog ages, what your dog may have taken for granted, jumping onto the sofa, running with the other dogs, even getting up in the morning, all becomes a big effort.
As they age, this increases the chances of getting arthritis, similar to us.
Due to the advances in veterinary research, we are now able to control arthritis to an extent and provide a happier life for your dog.
Heres a video of a 6 year old Newfoundland dog with server arthritis:
You may hear you vet refer to arthritis as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease. This is where as your dog gets older the surface of their cartilage begins to wear and cells start to die. As these cells start to die, enzymes are released that cause inflammation of the joints and this releases joint fluid. On occasions, extra bony growths (osteophytes) may develop. Everything here causes a series of events that then start to change the normal functioning of your dog’s joints, which goes to cause an on-going spiral of pain, lameness, limb disuse/inactivity and muscle atrophy sets in. Some of these can be seen on Xrays and that’s why it important to see your vet on a regular basis as your dog ages.
Quincys GenX and Spero harnesses have helped people worldwide. Having handles at both the front the back you are able to assist your dog getting up and moving around. This is done simply by you helping to take some of the weight off their back legs. With our Spero Harness, you should start seeing the muscles slowly coming back provided you use the harness on a daily basis.
At Quincys, we also found swimming, otherwise known as canine hydrotherapy to be very effective when it came to rebuilding muscles. Swimming covers various things ranging from rebuilding muscles, aerobics, weight loss, and finally, blood circulation to the heart is vastly improved – thus on many occasions, by swimming your dog twice a week, the dogs lived longer and became much more mobile again.
- Arthritis in Dogs
This is the most common ailment as your dog gets older. You may only think that hes slowing down because of your dogs age, but look more closely… look for how they get up, or lay down, hesitation or stiffness. Are they worse when it cold?
- My dog has arthritis – How can I help?
Arthritis in humans and dogs alike is one of the oldest heart-breaking conditions in the world. Unlike other conditions, it does not discriminate on age, sex, nor breed and can strike your dog at any time.
- How can you help your dog if they have arthritis, hip or elbow dysplasia.
Have you ever wondered what pain your dog must be going through with either arthritis or hip dysplasia?
- Dog Treatment for Arthritis
What do you do with a dog with arthritis? Put your dog to sleep? Give your dog pain killers? If so… whats the best pain killer to help your dog? Or – would you try your best to help your dog because your dog is a member of the family?