Pet Joint Health

What is arthritis?

Arthritis is a general term for abnormal changes in a joint. These changes occur when cartilage is worn away faster that it can be replaced. Cartilage acts as a cushion to protect the bones. When it wears away, joints become swollen and painful.

Although arthritis is not curable, the good news is that nutrition can help manage the disease, improve mobility and ease the pain. With the right nutrition and care, your dog should be able to enjoy an active, healthy life for many years to come.

What causes arthritis?

Age – As pets get older, cartilage will begin to deteriorate. Many senior dogs suffer from arthritis to some degree.
Breed – Large breeds are more prone to arthritis. These include Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepards and Rottweilers.
Excess weight – Weight gain puts extra stress on the joints, which can lead to arthritis.
Accidents and damage – Joints can deteriorate as a result of stress or trauma caused by an accident
Congenital defects – Some pets are born with conditions that make arthritis more likely later in life.
Infection – Occasionally, an infection can lead to the destruction of joint tissue and cartilage.

Does my pet have arthritis?

If your dog has arthritis, the first thing you’ll notice is that he or she finds movement difficult and is reluctant to walk, run and jump. Your dog may also yelp or flinch when touched in the affected area.

Arthritis makes it difficult to:

  • Rise from rest
  • Jump
  • Walk and run
  • Play
  • Climb stairs