While dietary supplements are a great way to help combat dog arthritis, they’re not for everyone. In some cases, the arthritis is too advanced for them to be effective, and for some dogs, supplements just don’t seem to work.
Arthritis affects about a quarter of all dogs and about 90% of old dogs. Larger breed canines get more than their fair share of dog arthritis. Essentially dog arthritis is a deterioration of the joints and particularly the cartilage. The condition can have a significant impact on your animal’s quality of life, causing considerable pain and discomfort and limiting mobility. With limited mobility comes a more sedentary lifestyle, with less exercise, which can cause your dog to become obese or develop health problems related to inadequate exercise, thus shortening his life.
Symptoms of arthritis include lameness, difficulty getting up after resting, irritability, and worrying or licking at the joints by your dog.