PetMeds® Managing Dog Arthritis Pain
|Arthritis means inflammation of the joints and such inflammation can have many potential causes from genetic anatomic defects such as hip dysplasia, infectious diseases such as tick-borne Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichiosis, to various lupus-like immune caused inflammation of the joints. Any of these potential causes can result in varying degrees of swelling, heat and painful stiff movement of affected joints.|
What’s interesting to note is that many of these conditions can shift from one joint to another. Various ligament or tendon instabilities of certain joints such as patella luxations and cruciate ligament rupture can result in arthritis long term if not treated appropriately. Differentiating these various conditions usually involves a veterinary workup and exam as well as possibly x rays, blood testing or obtaining samples of joint fluid of affected joints. Depending upon the severity and cause of the arthritis will dictate treatment from surgical correction, to the use of antibiotics such as Doxycycline, as well as prescription anti inflammatory pet medications such as Previcox or Rimadyl, or cortisone. Supplements can often be helpful here as well, including Super Joint Enhancer, omega 3 fatty acids and the antioxidant Proanthozone. While jumping off beds and sofas can potentially worsen the condition, 1800petmeds has wonderful accessories such as pet steps and ramps which can help painful arthritic pets.