Dog Joint Pain

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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Many dog owners believe that only large breed dogs suffer from joint pain such as osteoarthritis. That is simply not the truth as many owners of smaller breeds can confirm. Today, there are several ways to help reduce the pain of osteoarthritis in dogs using a combination of exercise, assistance, and such treatments as glucosamine tablets.

Symptoms of Joint Pain in Dogs

Arthritis does not come on in a week or even a month. It begins with subtle changes in a dog's ability to move comfortably. If your dog is used to climbing up to the second floor or jumping on a bed and suddenly avoids those activities, she may be experiencing the beginnings of joint pain associated with arthritis. When stairs and jumping up onto furniture are not an issue, the first signs of joint pain may be as simple as difficulty getting up from a laying position.

Joint pain may affect knees, shoulders, and hips or all of these joints. While moving around after getting up will often improve the dog's mobility, it may take longer and longer for your pet to become more agile as time goes by. Cold or damp weather can lead to worsening of the pain. Dogs may eventually be in pain all the time. When this happens, the dog may shiver, pant, and walk around endlessly as if she cannot find a comfortable position. Other symptoms may also occur such as decreased appetite and whining.

Osteoarthritis Treatments

Cosequin DS is one drug that is commonly used for dog, cat, and even equine joint health. Often called DJD for degenerative joint disease, joint pain in dogs can be treated in a variety of ways. Liquid glucosamine and chondroitin are used frequently and may produce favorable responses fairly rapidly. If your dog is overweight, it's a good idea to discuss a weight control plan with your vet since overweight dogs have a much more difficult time with joint pain.

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