Spotting osteoarthritis in older dogs
Like us, humans, dogs can contract all kinds of age-related ailments as they get older. Osteoarthritis is a very common and painful inflammation caused by a degeneration of the joint cartilage. As a dog owner it is important to recognise the onset of osteoarthritis early on so that you can support your dog with the appropriate exercise and the right food and nutritional supplements.
What is osteoarthritis in dogs
A joint is situated between two bone ends. These bone ends are covered with cartilage, a soft tissue without blood vessels or nerves. Cartilage acts as a shock absorber. The fluid inside the joint, known as the synovial fluid or synovia, lubricates the cartilage during movement and supplies it with nutrition.
What dogs are prone to osteoarthritis?
How to spot osteoarthritis in your dog?
- Decreased willingness to walk and preferring shorter walks
- Difficulties getting up and lying down
- Struggling to get in or out of the car
- Sitting or lying down during walks
- Being less cheerful, becoming grouchy even
- Pain reaction when touched
- Lameness, especially after lying down for an extended period of time, which can go away while walking