Your Dog Has Arthritis
So What Can You Do?

So your dog has arthritis. Did you know that arthritis can affect anybody, or any animal at any given time?

It doesn't matter if you are a homo sapien, dog, cat, elephant, or a giraffe because this disease can affect a variety of animals. Arthritis is fairly common among dogs as it is one of the top major problems vets have to face.

Typically dog symptoms of arthritis are the same as human arthritis symptoms.

Your dog will start to:

  • Have trouble standing or sitting.
  • Will have stiff joints, especially in the morning when he gets up.
  • Won't jump, run, or climb as much.
  • Exercises and plays less.
  • A decrease in mood.
  • Sleeps more.

You should examine his behavior and symptoms for a couple of days and if it does not improve within a week to two, it is best you visit your veterinarian for his professional evaluation.

If your vet has confirmed that your dog has arthritis, he will recommend that your dog continue to exercise. He might also give you feedback on what you have been feeding him, you might have to switch brands to something more nutritious for your dog's condition or give less dog food so that your dog maintains a healthy weight.

Typically vets will advise the same sort of treatment strategy for your dog that doctors do with people who have been diagnosed with arthritis. Despite these similarities, many people seem to think that if they have arthritis, and if their dog also has arthritis, it is okay to feed their dog human medication.

One of top reasons why animal poison control is called in is because their dog is having seizures or other serious side effects from either accidentally eating human medicine or have been given human drugs.

Dogs have a completely different body than ours, so it is important not to feed medications to dogs. Same applies to people; they should not eat dog medication even if they so happen to have the same disease. However, if you give your dog any supplements, you can probably safely eat them – not the other way around.

Your vet will prescribe you some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs for your dog. Dog's symptoms reduce greatly when they are fed omega 3's, like salmon oil capsules or flax oil.

One of top reasons why animal poison control is called in is because their dog is having seizures or other serious side effects from either accidentally eating human medicine or have been given human drugs.

Dogs have a completely different body than ours, so it is important not to feed medications to dogs. Same applies to people; they should not eat dog medication even if they so happen to have the same disease. However, if you give your dog any supplements, you can probably safely eat them – not the other way around.

Your vet will prescribe you some over-the-counter anti-inflammatory drugs for your dog.

Ask your vet about feeding dogs turmeric and ginger, as it is a very natural and inexpensive way to help reduce arthritis.

It is widely disputed whether or not an owner should feed these to a dog, so it is best that you get your vet's thoughts on the matter.

Usually when your dog has arthritis, there is not much you can do in terms of dog first aid other than warm him up. Warming up the joints will greatly reduce any pain your dog might experience.

Regular exercise for your dog is very important and you should walk him so that he can get more blood flowing through these tight joints before you increase his walk movements into a run.

Winter can greatly affect your dog's joints and make his arthritis worse, so it is recommended you put clothing on him.


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