It is a degenerative joint disease that affects dogs from as young as 6 months of age but is predominantly seen in the older dog. Diagnosis is made by your vet, usually through manipulation of the joint which is painful and stiff due to the erosion and inflammation of the joint capsule.
As the condition causes discomfort and pain it can make exercise difficult for your dog but it is essential that they maintain mobility and a healthy weight and this is where hydrotherapy really benefits as it is a non-weight bearing exercise your dog can move freely plus the warmth and hydrostatic pressure of the water helps to reduce pain and swelling.
Memory foam bedding is also a big help for a dog that suffers from canine arthritis as it supports the joints whilst the dog is resting.
Several short walks are better than one long walk as it helps to keep the dog mobile without the extended impact on the joint.
Natural supplements such as glucosmine & chondtroitin,Omega 3 oils and some of the Dorwest Herbs products such as green lipped muscle can really help as well as a good, clean, preservative and additive free diet.
Magnetic collars and bedding help to increase blood flow and will improve mobility of the joint.
And let’s not forget a relaxing and therapeutic massage will help your dog release the knots in surrounding muscles where they are over-compensating for the pain in affected joints.