There are so many articles out there on arthritis in dogs however this article gives you hope through a fantastic product that we ourselves manufacture. Please bear in mind that this article is for information only and is not designed to treat arthritis in dogs. Only your vet is able to diagnose and treat your dog for arthritis and if after reading this article you feel your dog is in pain or your dog is lame, you should seek veterinarian advice immediately because the longer you leave it the worse it will become.
If you know your dog has arthritis and you are looking at new ways to help your dog, at Quincys, we manufacture a product that may just be perfect for your dog – our mobility harness.
Why you must know about arthritis in dogs.
If your dog has arthritis, they will be in so much pain and slowly over time this pain gets worse. All you need to do is ask a human who has arthritis how much crippling pain they are in and youll get an indication of what your dog’s going through.
Basically, arthritis is where the joints deteriorate and this what causes your dog to limp, the stiffness, and overall the lack of mobility. The most common form of arthritis in dogs is Osteoarthritis. There’s another form of arthritis which is rare in dogs and more commonly occurs in the smaller dogs called Rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis in dogs
Osteoarthritis is where you have natural wear and tear due to age. It could also be brought on by infection injury. Degenerative Joint Disease is something else you may have heard of and this probably a much more descriptive term for Osteoarthritis because degeneration of cartilage and new bone growth are the main characteristics of the condition.
They reckon that as many as one in five dogs suffer from this condition which means that just in the UK alone that’s over 1 million dogs that are lame. Choosing the correct treatment is something of a minefield and could end up being very costly.
If you break it down to basics, your dog is in pain, because they apply pressure to the affected area by simply walking. By taking some of the weight off that area when walking, the pain demises some and they can walk further. The walking further, helps to rebuild muscle which then supports the joints. This is where our mobility harness comes into its own.
Rheumatoid arthritis in dogs
Rheumatoid arthritis is rare in dogs and occurs primarily in small dogs. Rheumatoid arthritis can occur in dogs as young as eight months but more usually occurs in dogs from two to six years old. Some experts think that Rheumatoid arthritis may be triggered by the body’s own immune response to a viral challenge. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in dogs include swollen joints, stiffness, pain or fever.