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According to the Arthritis Foundation, arthritis affects one in five dogs.1 This progressive disease can cause significant pain and can limit your dog’s mobility. The condition is most common in senior dogs, but pups can be affected at any age, especially if they have a joint issue that predisposes them to arthritis. Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis diagnosed in dogs. This inflammatory condition causes an affected dog’s cartilage to degenerate, resulting in friction between the joint bones. As a concerned and conscientious dog parent, you want to prevent your furry family member from suffering joint pain. Keep reading to learn if your pup is predisposed to arthritis, and how to help manage this condition and to keep your dog’s joints healthy.
All dogs are susceptible to arthritis. However, certain factors can predispose your dog to the condition, such as:
Your pup is extremely good at telling you when they are hungry, when they need to go for a walk, and when they want to play, but they aren’t so adept at telling you when they have joint pain. Arthritis signs can be subtle, making detection difficult. You may believe your dog will limp if they have joint pain, but this isn’t always the case. Keep an eye out for these arthritis signs:
Numerous nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and pain-relieving medications are available to help relieve dogs’ joint pain. Your veterinarian may also recommend beneficial joint supplements such as2:
Ollie’s Zoomies hip and joint supplement contains glucosamine, chondroitin, and turmeric to support your pup’s joint health and help add some pep to their step.
Joint protective supplements should be started as early as possible in dogs predisposed to arthritis. You can safely give joint supplements to puppies as young as 8 weeks of age. Talk to your veterinarian to determine whether your dog is a good candidate for joint supplements, and they will recommend the best product for your furry companion.
Arthritis treatment is typically more effective when managed in a multi-pronged manner. In addition to medications and supplements, other treatment strategies include:
If your dog has arthritis, modifications to your home environment can help improve their quality of life. Tips include:
Feeding your dog a healthy diet is critical to help keep their joints healthy and pain-free. Ollie’s fresh recipes provide excellent nutrition, including omega-3 fatty acids to promote joint health. The Ollie blog is devoted to helping pet parents lead a healthier life with their pups. If you want to learn more about our fresh, human-grade food, check out MyOllie.com.
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