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Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis is a progressive degenerative joint condition where the cushioning cartilage between the bones breaks down, causing pain and swelling. Eventually, the two bones connecting in the joint begin to rub against one another through everyday movement, causing pain, inflammation and further damage to the bones.
It happens most commonly with older dogs as part of the normal ageing process. Lifestyle factors such as obesity, repeated trauma, injuries, and high impact exercise all contribute to a dog’s likelihood of developing arthritis. There’s also congenital factors to consider, such as hip and elbow dysplasia.
Our dogs are incredibly resilient and simply hide their pain by becoming less active or slowing down. Signs of arthritis may include difficulty rising out of bed (especially during cold weather), general ‘laziness’, reluctance to jump or climb stairs, an abnormal gait, limping, or yelping when moved in certain ways. Lethargy, moodiness and even chewing the affected area are all signs they might be experiencing a bit of discomfort.
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While arthritis can’t be cured, it can certainly be managed by following the below tips: