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Pain Medication for Dogs | Dog Joint Supplements | Dog Arthritis

Dealing with Joint and Arthritis Pains for Dogs
  Arthritis is a painful joint disease that can make it difficult for dogs to walk and move normally. Stiffness and pain make getting up from a sitting position harder on the dog as he gets older and the arthritis progresses. Overweight animals are at more risk of problems because they tend to get less exercise and be as active as normal weight animals. Large breed dogs are at more risk to develop arthritic problems. This is thought to be due to the length of spine, longer legs and weight bearing which can add more strain and pressure to the bones.
  Hip dysplasia occurs when the hip joints of a dog are malformed. This malformation causes the hips to be stressed easily and not able to withstand normal everyday activities leading to degeneration of the joint cartilage and arthritis build up causing inflammation of the hip joint and pain for the dog. Hip dysplasia can cause the animal to be crippled and unable to walk. Early signs of hip dysplasia are difficulty rising from a sitting position or hopping the hind legs like a rabbit when running. Treatment for hip dysplasia is anti-inflammatory medicine, joint fluid and pain medication for dogs.
  Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disc disease that causes the cartilage of the joints to break down. This disease causes a lot of pain for the animal. Symptoms include difficulty rising, climbing steps, and altered weight bearing of the painful joint when walking. Treatments of this condition include proper weight management, swimming exercise, anti-inflammatory pain medications, corticosteroids, and joint supplements.
  Rheumatoid Arthritis is not as common as other types of arthritis and where most arthritis develops as the dog ages, rheumatoid arthritis can affect dogs of any age and is more common in toy and small breed dogs. This disease causes the immune system to attack the joints causing a decrease in synovial fluid, which lubricates the joints so they move properly. Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are joint swelling, trouble walking both up and down stairs, difficulty walking and pain with rising and sitting. Treatments for rheumatoid arthritis are immunosuppressive medication and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Pain Medication for Dogs with Joint Pain or Dog Arthritis