Most people don’t know how prevalent dog arthritis is. In a recent study, it was shown that one in five dogs suffer from it. This debunks the common notion that only old dogs develop the disease. More so, dog owners should be extra vigilant when they have a large or an overweight dog since these attributes make a dog more susceptible to dog arthritis.
Early treatment is the best way to deal with the disease. Dog arthritis targets the cartilage within the joints and when the right remedy is given along with some canine lifestyle changes, cartilage damage can be controlled. Hence, dog owners should take note of the following, as any of these may be indications that your beloved dog is already suffering from dog arthritis:
- Difficulty in sitting and standing, Limping
- Inactivity, reduced walking or jumping, always sleeping
- Constant licking in the joint area
- Stiffness in the joints
- Aggression or other behavioral changes