Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Causes and Management of Arthritis & Other Joint Diseases in Dogs

This entry discusses joint diseases that your best friend can be afflicted with. It's important to note that these afflictions can occur with no visible signs until later in your dog's life. Also of interest is the effects and how they differ between dogs of different sizes, and between dogs and cats...

Many pets develop some form of joint disease during their lives. It can be mild, even unnoticeable to the pet owner, or it can be debilitating, severely affecting the pet's quality of life, or even causing complete lameness. The majority of cases fall somewhere in between.

While some pets may develop joint disease in the first half of their lives, signs usually do not appear until the latter half of life, which varies depending on your pet's breed. Dogs are more susceptible to arthritis than cats, and the larger dog breeds are more vulnerable than smaller breeds.

The most common signs of joint disease include stiffness, limping, or favoring a limb - particularly after sleep or resting, inability to rise, reluctance to jump or even climb stairs, and noticeable pain.

Our next post will reveal the causes of arthritis and the 10 major classifications of that disease.

Excerpt presented by www.pet-tek.ca, provided compliments of www.PetEducation.com