Osteoarthritis: What To Do If Your Dog Has The Degenerative Joint Disease
Canine osteoarthritis is a chronic degenerative disease that affects one or more joints in the body. Dogs with osteo arthritis can be painful and stiff. Their mobility and quality of life may suffer. There is no cure for the disease. However, there are various ways to treat the disease . It is important to keep those joints moving to prevent stiffness and decrease pain. Talk to your veterinarian about your dog's weight and exercise needs. Make changes as necessary. Look for orthopedic foam that is at least 4 inches thick and has an area large enough for your dog to stretch out. Avoid raised beds and nests that will be difficult for the dog to get in or out of. Arthritic dogs may lose muscle mass and become weak. Placing bath mats, rubber runners, foam mat or even yoga mat in the areas where your dog walks can give him the footing he needs to get around safely and comfortably. Lay down carpet or rubber mats on stairs. As arthritis progress, your dog may need some extra support when walking or climbing stairs. Use a rolled-up sheet, towel, or blanket as a blanket under the belly or chest. When a dog has lost the use of front or hind limbs, some dog owners choose to have a special cart built. Treatment can slow the progression of the condition. Be Patient and Realistic. Your dog needs all the patience, support, and TLC you can offer. When other options have been exhausted, consider euthanasia. . . .