Dog Arthritis Symptoms

Arthritis is a painful condition that affects millions of people today from children to adults and among your favorite pets at home. It is most common among dog and is the most common reason for severe pain in dogs. It can be disabling sometimes and greatly affects the quality of life of the dog.

Of course no one wants to see your pet suffering thus it is vital that cause of such pain be identified so that treatment or management of the symptoms can be initiated. Your dog will surely be a happy dog if you can provide relief from the disabling pain of dog arthritis. So dog owners be extra sensitive and know the symptoms of such condition.

The most common symptom of dog arthritis is limping. This sign maybe too noticeable when your dog gets up. Other symptoms that you might need to watch out of is the unwillingness to move or rise from resting position, difficulty in movement, sitting or standing and always experience stiffness that is worst in the morning but gradually improves through the day. Your dog might also lost interest in daily activities like running, playing or jumping.

Other symptoms to watch out for is decrease in alertness and spent more time sleeping. Dog’s joints may appear swollen and painful to the touched. Be careful then for dogs don’t like to be petted in that area because of the pain it brings. If you think your dog is exhibiting such sign then better contact your veterinarian immediately so that your dog is examined and proper treatment be started.

There are various treatment of arthritis from nutritional supplements to alternative treatments. Nutritional treatments usually includes the famous Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Boswellin, Yucca, Omega 3 and 6, Bromelain, Manganese and Vitamin A, C and E. You can get one product that has all this ingredients and that is Syn-Flex. As for alternative treatments it usually includes Acupuncture, Acupressure, Hydrotherapy and Magnets (Pet Arthritis Chronicle, April Issue, 2002).