Arthritis in Dogs: How to Help Soothe Your Dog’s Pain
Arthritis in dogs is, unfortunately, a common condition, just as it is with humans. Although our four-legged friends can’t tell us that they’re suffering, it is usually easy to spot a dog experiencing the pain and stiffness that typically signal arthritis. But what actually is arthritis, what causes it, and how can we treat it?
Read on to find out all about this painful condition and how it affects our canine companions.
A Dog in Pain: What is Arthritis in Dogs?
Arthritis simply means “inflammation of the joints”. There are a number of different kinds of arthritis, which have different causes.
In healthy joints, the area where the bones meet is covered in a thin layer of smooth cartilage that is lubricated by joint fluid, known as synovial fluid. This combination allows the bones to glide together smoothly and without friction. Think of it like a well-oiled piece of machinery.
However, in joints affected by arthritis, the cartilage breaks down, becoming thin or damaged. As a result, the bones begin to rub together, both causing discomfort and exacerbating the break-down of the cartilage. This is like a piece of machinery that is rusty and needs oiling, so the different parts rub together with a screech.
Dog Hip Pain and General Dog Joint Pain
Arthritis is a very painful condition, and can significantly reduce your dog’s quality of life, especially if it is left unmanaged. It causes mild to severe joint pain, as well as inflammation and reduced movement.