Greyhounds That Get Arthritis

It's inevitable that most Greyhounds that get Arthritis as they get older will be a little slow.

With age come physical ailments that your dog will learn to live with unless the pain is too much to bare.

One such ailment that especially hits older Greyhounds that gets Arthritis, after years of running and chasing.

Degenerative joint disease (DJD), which is another name for arthritis, is a very common cause of intermittent stiffness and lameness. It is hard to pinpoint the cause of why Greyhounds that gets arthritis but in others you will find it to be a result of abnormal stress and trauma to the joint(s).

And eventually this leads to degeneration of the cartilage and the underlying bone.

The synovial membrane surrounding the joint becomes inflamed and the bone develops small bony outgrowths called osteophytes.

When these changes occur, the joint stiffen, become painful, and have decreased range of motion.

Surgery may be the last alternative if the disease has gone too far.

A greyhound that gets Arthritis will find that their joints have suffered too much damage from years of heavy running and racing, and then even surgery will not prevent the incurable arthritic changes that have taken place.

The initial problem may be helped by an operation, but not for the long haul.

Greyhounds that get Arthritis can live out their years with less pain as possible from arthritis then you can do simple things like keeping the dog's weight down and allowing your dog to do light impact exercise.

Swimming is a great example of such activities that is easy on the joints.

There are even some drugs that your vet can prescribe for Greyhounds to help with the pain of living with arthritis.

For example, there is a drug called carpofen that helps immensely but be sure to consult and follow your vet's instructions when it comes to any medical care or drug use for your dog.

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