Life will cause wear and tear to your dogs joints.
Damage to the smooth cartilage layer that covers and protects the bone in a joint can lead to pain, inflammation and eventually arthritis. Arthritis simply means ‘inflammation of the joints’ and is a common problem for many dogs This condition is as painful in dogs as in humans although dogs will not vocalise this pain so you need to look for other less obvious signs.
Different factors affect how likely your pet is going to suffer from these problems:
- Excess weight puts unnecessary pressure on joints.
- Continuous high levels of activity, such as seen in working dogs, can wear joints faster.
- Certain breeds are much more likely to suffer due to genetics (e.g. labrador, golden retriever or german shepherd).
- Age related wear and tear.
The disease nearly always causes pain and stiffness and dogs may not be as keen to exercise as they were in the past and may also show lameness or obvious stiffness (especially after long periods of rest). This stiffness may improve with exercise although cold and/or damp conditions usually worsen the signs. Some dogs may lick continually at an underlying painful joint – occasionally causing unwanted patches of saliva staining. Reluctance to jump into a car, difficulty settling down to sleep, hesitancy on stairs or uncarpeted slippery surfaces and changes in nature (e.g. grumpy, depressed) can also all be signs.
Supplements are available, such as Logic® Easeflex For Dogs
EaseflexPlus Chews. These are specifically designed to support the health and mobility of your pet’s joints through the inclusion of glucosamine, chondroitin and green lipped muscle. These tasty chews are an ideal way to help you help your pets maintain healthy joints.