Dog Stairs Minimize Canine Arthritis
What is Arthritis?
Using a really broad description, arthritis means inflammation of the joint. Canine arthritis is characterized by pain and inflammation in your dog’s joints. Landing from a jump off furniture causes extreme stress on your dog’s joints which can lead to arthritis. Your pet may be giving you clues that they have arthritis pain. By being observant, you may be able to make an early diagnosis and begin treatment to help your dog minimize the effects of arthritis.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs
Usually dog owners pay attention to the more obvious signs of arthritis like limping. But, often the effects of arthritis are more subtle and seem to sneak in gradually.
Some symptoms of arthritis are:
- Appearing to have difficulty when sitting or standing
- Licking, biting, or chewing at a location on their body that is bothering them
- Acting as though they have stiff or sore joints
- Hesitancy to run or jump
- Rising more slowly than normal
- Acting more tired than usual resulting in a loss of interest to walk or play
Treating Arthritis in Dogs
If your dog seems to have any arthritis symptoms, it is recommended to take him to your veterinarian for an arthritis evaluation. The evaluation usually involves a physical exam and possibly X-rays. The best thing for managing your dog’s arthritis is to pay attention to the first signs of arthritis, get a diagnosis and start a treatment plan as soon as possible. Treating canine arthritis is similar to that of human osteoarthritis.
How to Prevent Arthritis
A little forethought and planning can reap huge rewards down the line. Preventative measures for arthritis include making wise decisions during your dog's youth by giving your dog access to dog steps for high beds and furniture rather than requiring them to jump. This will protect your dog’s joints from unnecessary trauma. Dog ramps are a great alternative to relieve stress on your dog’s arthritic joints, hip, and back when getting into a vehicle or if your dog shows signs of hesitancy to use pet stairs.
Whether your pet is already showing signs of arthritis or you’re taking preventative measures to ensure your pet’s wellness for years to come, using dog steps will keep your pet comfortable, happy, and independent.
Don't wait until it's too late to take care of your dog. Learn how to protect your dog's future by keeping them safe and comfortable, today! Arthritis in dogs affects many household pets but there are precautions you can take to give your dog a lifetime of pain-free living.
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