Treatments for Arthritis in dogs

Posted by vikram on November 07, 2016  /   Posted in Blog

Arthritis arrives through most commonly, simple wear and tear in your pet’s joints.

With dogs, arthritis is a common problem especially as your dog gets older. At some stage, with older dogs, you’ll end up having to deal with it. This article has no miracle answer but will help you understand more about the symptoms and more importantly, learn ways you can help your dog.

Arthritis arrives through most commonly, simple wear and tear in your pet’s joints. They simply wear out over the years.  You will hear veterinarians refer to arthritis as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease.

With the dog’s joints, the bone surfaces have a thin layer of very smooth cartilage. This is lubricated with a small amount of joint fluid which then the surfaces to glide freely. As a dog starts to age, this very smooth cartilage becomes less smooth and erodes, which results in the bones rubbing each other. This then causes discomfort and inflammation to the dog.
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Treating arthritis in dogs

Posted by vikram on December 14, 2015  /   Posted in Blog

There are various reasons for arthritis, but the main reason is simply that the joints have worn over the years.

As your dog grows older, one of the most common health problems is arthritis – so be prepared. You will often hear veterinarians refer to this as osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease.

There are various reasons for arthritis, but the main reason is simply that the joints have worn over the years.

When the dog is young, your dogs body repairs itself however as they age this process gets slower and much tougher. Several things happen, the ligaments that hold the legs together begin to stretch, meaning the joints become looser. This in turn slowly eats away at the surface of the joint which causes the joints to become inflamed. The body then tries to compensate and new bone starts developing in the wrong places causing the dog to be in pain. As the dog gets older, it’s a vicious circle and you start seeing the limping much more often. This is what arthritis is.
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Spinal injury in dogs

Posted by vikram on June 02, 2015  /   Posted in Blog

Animals suspected with a spinal injury should be immobilised to prevent further injury.

A spinal injury in your dog can be traumatic and scary for most owners. Quite often, it may occur due to a collision with a car, a fall from a height, or a sudden impact into a door. They may even have cause another injury elsewhere. Continue reading “Spinal injury in dogs” »

Cruciate ligament injury in dogs

Posted by vikram on January 30, 2015  /   Posted in Blog

In a dog, the cruciate ligament is a fundamental part of a dogs knee and as a dog owner, the likelihood is that your dog will be affected from this injury one day.

Whilst its not life threating, if not treated, your dog will start losing muscles and be in pain.

If you see your dog exhibit signs of pain or lameness, it is best to have your vet examine your dog as soon as possible and your vet will prescribe the best course of action.

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Dangerous Dogs Act UK

Posted by vikram on May 15, 2014  /   Posted in Blog

On 13th March 2014 a new amendment to the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 came into force.

Under this new amendment, as a dog owner, you could receive up to a two year sentence if convicted with the maximum now being 14 years if a person dies and 5 years if a person is injured.

The amended version of the Dangerous Dogs Act came into effect both in England and Wales on 13 May 2014. It must be noted that this law now applies to all breeds no matter the type. Be it a Yorkshire Terrier, toy poodle or a Pit bull.

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Arthritis in Dogs

Posted by vikram on March 20, 2014  /   Posted in Blog

Arthritis can occur anywhere in your dog; the neck, spine, or their legs.

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?

All of these may point towards arthritis setting in.

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Spinal cord injury in dogs

Posted by vikram on March 18, 2014  /   Posted in Blog

Degenerative myelopathy, is basically a condition that attacks the nerves in the spine.

For humans, our capacity to move around all depends on various aspects ranging but all connected, from the spine, muscles, nerves and most importantly our brain. The same applies for your dog. If your dog suffers a trauma to any of these areas, it may cause them weakness or a lack of coordination.

A dogs spine is made up of 24 bones called the vertebrae. Detached by small buffers are the intervertebral discs. Damage to this through stress can cause vulnerability to the nerves. This then could cause the neural pathway to not function properly.

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My dog has arthritis – How can I help?

Posted by vikram on February 07, 2014  /   Posted in Blog

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.

It really doesn’t matter if you feed your dog the best dog food, or give them all their vaccinations and walk them every day, rain or shine. Once you start seeing changes in their activity, limping and possibly even suspect an injury, in reality this could be arthritis.

We have our own answers as to the most effective treatment and will come to that shortly, but in the meantime the standard answers on how to treat your dog is listed below:
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The ‘GenX’ No-Pull Dog Harnesses

Posted by vikram on December 18, 2013  /   Posted in Blog

WHY the ‘GenX’ dog harness is one of the best designs ever made.

Our ‘GenX’ dog harness helps to combat the pulling instinct unlike most other harnesses which actually encourage pulling.

This may be your first ever dog, you may be a seasoned dog owner, or  you may even be a dog trainer and know nearly everything there is to know about dogs but if I asked you:

What is better when walking a dog, a harness or a collar and lead

What is the best dog harness

and why. – what would say?

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Disabled Dog

Posted by vikram on December 11, 2013  /   Posted in Blog

Not everyone can deal with a handicapped dog, but the rewards are wonderful.

It’s often the case that when a dog is disabled or handicapped, people will consider putting their dog to sleep. Animals have feelings, thoughts, can make decisions and they hurt when you poke them with a pin just as we do.

You wouldn’t consider putting down a human child or grandmother just because they had a disability or was old, so why is it so easy to contemplate putting your dog to sleep?

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