How to Recognize Arthritis
Arthritis is a painful, progressive, usually permanent joint disease that unfortunately is common in domestic dogs. While it is most commonly seen in older dogs, arthritis can also strike younger animals, especially those with a genetic predisposition to developing the disease.
Symptoms of Dog Arthritis
The clinical signs of canine arthritis usually appear gradually and slowly worsen over time. The first symptoms are often so mild that owners may miss them. So how to recognize Arthritis in dog? Thеrе аrе some signs whiсh indicate thаt dоg соuld have arthritis.
- Intermittent lameness
- Reluctance to rise or move
- Stiffness (especially after vigorous exercise or prolonged periods of rest; “bunny-hopping” gait)
- Swollen joints; may be warm and tender
- Visible joint deformities
- Painful joints (when touched/palpated or moved)
- Prolonged periods of rest (sleeps more than usual)
- Exercise intolerance; disinterest in physical activity
- Weight gain
- Aggression when joints are touched
- Appetite loss
- Abnormal stance when walking (pelvis tucked under; using hind legs with exaggerated care)
Affected dogs often spend more time resting or sleeping, which can lead to weight gain. If a single joint is affected, it can predispose joints in the other limbs to develop arthritis, because they will be carrying more weight than normal.
Breeds that are predisposed to elbow osteochondrosis and dysplasia (Labrador Retrievers, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Rottweilers, others), hip dysplasia (lots of breeds), patellar luxation (small toy breeds) or cranial cruciate ligament tear or rupture (many breeds) also have an increased chance of developing degenerative arthritis.
Free-roaming dogs have a greater risk of traumatic injuries, which increases their chance of developing arthritis at the injury sites. Overweight animals, working dogs and highly athletic dogs have similar risks. Large, heavy breeds are also predisposed. Genetics are thought to be influential as well. Consult your vet after noticing some changes in dog’s behavior!
Arthritis Treatment for Dogs
There are supplements which may help to reduce some of dog’s bone density, but these may not necessarily guarantee the success of treatment. In some cases, a medical plan can be devised to help build back bone loss by addressing any dietary deficiencies that animal has. This is going to slow down the condition but may not necessarily stop it progressing completely.
A lot of success is found in the use of dog stem cells. Medrego offers AlloMT Cell Dog product for Arthritis and Osteoarthritis injuries from Allogenic (healthy donor derived) Mesenchymal Tissue Cells. These stem cells will then be added to the areas where the dog is dealing with severe pain in order to repair the damaged tissue and bones.
Dog Stem Cell Therapy is a treatment which has proven itself all around the globe with more than 10 000 dogs treated. Many experts have confirmed the safety and efficiency of dog stem cell treatment – experts report that the success rate is quite high (up to ~90%).