Common signs of disease in the joints include stiffness or favoring a particular limb. This is particularly observed post resting or sleep. It can also manifest itself of the dogs inability to rise. It will be unwilling to climb stairs or jump. There will also be noticeable pain.
Arthritis causesThere could be many diseases which may affect the joints of your dog. In fact, there is a total of 10 important classifications.
Diseases of the joint can be due to:A disease in the ligament, muscle or tendon
Hormonal and dietary disease
Degenerative joint disease
Disease due to degenerative spinal joints
Inflammatory joint disease
Arthritis managementMedical treatment concerning osteoarthritis and hip dysplasia have markedly improved during the past few years due to introduction and consequent approval of a number of new drugs and supplements. As hip dysplasia (along with the other dysplasias) are mostly an inherited condition, no products exist in the market which could prevent these negative developments. Only through giving your dog a proper diet, supplements, pain relief, and anti-inflammatories, it is possible to decrease the progression of such a disease. However, the bony changes or looseness in joints will not vary significantly.
Both younger and older dogs should be subjected to medical management. This is particularly applicable for dogs with chronic osteoarthritis. Due to the high expense involved with such surgeries, the medical management is the only possible option for a majority of pet owners. Medical management, in this case, is a multifaceted one. To obtain best results, modalities like weight management, exercise, good sleeping areas, physical therapy, and taking oral osteoarthritis agents.