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Dog Stairs Minimize Canine Arthritis

Dog Stairs Minimize Canine Arthritis

Did you know that 1 out of every 5 dogs over the age of 7 has canine arthritis? Although some arthritic conditions cannot be predicted, taking preventative measures such as providing dog stairs and ramps will go a long way to preventing or delaying joint problems in the future.

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
Dog Arthritis Stairs for Bed
As Jeff Foxworthy would say; if your dog is usually a picture of happiness and play but suddenly starts to choose the doggy bed over the bouncing ball, here's your sign; it might be time for a visit to the vet. Some pet's attitudes change and they become irritable, snapping if you touch the wrong spot.  This may not be just because he's having a moody morning.  These signs all mean something so pay attention and make sure you take note of the canine arthritis signs your pet is giving you.

 

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.

We've developed a wonderful guide titled "Canine Arthritis - Prevention Starts Now" to answer your questions and guide you along the way.  Get your own copy of our FREE eBook on Arthritis in Dogs and start protecting your dog today!

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  • Play Safe Pet Stairs
    Play Safe Pet Stairs

    That is so true Lindsey! It’s amazing how much damage dogs do to themselves over a lifetime of jumping. But, a little prevention can go a long ways towards a dog’s happy life and your reduced vet bills!

  • Lindsey
    Lindsey

    Prevention is key! I have a Rhodesian Ridgeback that’s 7 years old and we have stopped our daily runs and turned them into walks as a preventative measure for arthritis. Stairs could also help this!