A dog that is showing signs of significant weight gain and fatigue could potentially be at risk of developing canine arthritis. Use the following tips in order to prevent this from happening to your loveable pet.
There are several types of arthritis that are found in dogs, but the most prevalent is osteoarthritis – primarily the loss of cartilage in the joints which causes inflammation. This condition most commonly affects older dogs and larger breeds; however it can occur in younger dogs and in mixed and smaller breeds. All types of arthritis are degenerative diseases for which there is unfortunately no cure.
Reading the signs
Symptoms of canine arthritis include stiffness and swelling in the joints, reduced activity, weight gain and a reluctance to run or jump. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to prevent and minimise the affects of canine arthritis for your furry friend.
Feeding your dog a healthy, well balanced diet rich in vitamins and minerals is essential. Including supplements, like glucosamine and chondroitin, in your dog’s diet has been known to aid joint health and repair damage.
Regular exercise not only prevents weight gain but it also strengthens muscles, tendons and ligaments that support the joints. Low impact activities like walking or swimming, rather than running, will still keep your dog fit but reduce stress on their joints.
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