Dog Joint Pain
Like people, dogs can experience painful and swollen joints, especially as they age. The main cause is wear and tear over time, so a veterinarian might prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to treat the symptoms while putting your dog on a regimen of mild exercise to help increase muscle strength. However, if joint pain and swelling become severe or if it is seen in a younger dog, this could be the sign of a more serious condition such as Lyme disease, autoimmune disease, or cancer in some cases.
Dog Joint Pain Causes
Joint pain can be a natural symptom of aging in older dogs, but if it becomes severe it could be sign of another condition such as canine arthritis, Lyme disease, hip dysplasia or cancer. Obesity can also play a role by putting added pressure on the joints and genetic factors also must be considered since some breeds are more prone to joint pain issues than others. In addition, injuries can cause both mild and severe joint pain and swelling, as can poor nutrition. Overall, if your dog seems to be suffering from either swollen joints or joint pain, it is a good idea to take him to a veterinarian for an accurate diagnosis.
Dog Joint Pain Symptoms
A dog suffering from joint pain might exhibit any of the following:
- Changed walk or gait or limping
- Reduced activity levels
- Difficulty rising from a lying or sitting position
- Reluctance to being petted or stroked
- Visibly swollen joints
Dog Joint Pain Treatment
Since dog joint pain can have numerous causes, a veterinarian will first try to determine its origin before beginning treatment. For instance, if the source of the joint pain is poor nutrition, you might be advised to seek a dog food rich in minerals, amino acids and vitamins such as Innova Large Breed Senior Formula Dry Dog Food. If arthritis is involved, your veterinarian might prescribe either anti-inflammatory drugs such as Deramaxx or a nutritional supplement rich in glucosamine such as Dasuquin with MSM. In cases of either hip dysplasia or cancer, surgery could be proposed as an option.
In almost all instances of dog joint pain, some form of moderate exercise will be suggested as this will help to strengthen the muscles that support your dog’s weight. However, it is essential that your keep your dog’s exercise within moderate levels as anything beyond could overtax the already sensitive joints and lead to greater pain and swelling.
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