Osteoarthritis in dogs: symptoms and treatments
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As with humans, dogs can also be affected by osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis in dogs consists in the wear of the cartilages between the bones, which have as their mission to protect them and prevent them from rubbing against each other. With the use and the passage of time, cartilages wear out and osteoarthritis produces different symptoms in dogs.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis in dogs
When dogs notice a lot of pain due to this health problem, they can reject caresses, especially in areas where they feel pain. It can also be the case that they show a certain lameness, an unusual way of walking and even refusing to exercise like running or something as simple as going up and down stairs.
We can also see other symptoms in your mood. We will find them without the courage to play as before, not wanting to move too much and may even find them with a lack of appetite or very discouraged.
Treatment of osteoarthritis in dogs
The veterinarian will have to inspect the dog and see what parts of the body have osteoarthritis. One of the treatments that can provide the dog is with painkillers and anti-inflammatories to be able to reduce the pain to the maximum and to try that the dog has a normal life. This disease is something degenerative and will go worse.
Natural condo protectors are another treatment alternative. They will help the dog to improve the state of its articulation, something in which we will notice improvement, although the joints are not repaired completely.
If osteoarthritis is very important, the veterinarian could even recommend the implantation of artificial prostheses. In this case, the decision falls on the owner of the animal, who must take into account the age of the animal to see if it really is worth submitting to an operation like these.