The skeletal system of a dog is made up of bones, ligaments and cartilage which provides a framework that protects internal organs and gives a full range of motion. When cartilage, which protects the bone and makes up the joint, is destroyed, it is called degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis. This is a progressive disease that affects the weight-bearing joints such as hips, spine, knees, and elbows. The following are some scientific facts about dog joint health and arthritis with cited sources:
1.The same massage techniques that help relieve your stiff muscles and aching joints can also benefit your arthritic pup.
2. An unsupportive mattress can wreak havoc on sore joints. Be sure your dog’s bed is designed for pups with arthritis.
3. Anti-Inflammatory foods in your dog’s diet help relieve Canine Joint Pain.
4. Laser Therapy help in reducing inflammation and joint pain in dogs.
5. Bone healing in dogs takes longer than soft tissues.
6. A new research shows NSAIDs (or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) can cause even more damage to your dog’s joints and soft tissue.
7. Arthritis isn’t curable, but the pain is manageable.
8. No joint supplement is going to be the one cure-all for every dog; different joint supplements work better with different pets.
9. Glucosamine supplement can help treat dog osteoarthritis.
10. When a dog age, the production of joint-lubricating fluids are reduced, making mobility more painful as time goes on.
11. Dog Joints can deteriorate as a result of stress or trauma caused by an accident.
12. Some dogs are born with conditions that make arthritis more likely in later life.
13. Occasionally, an infection can lead to the destruction of joint tissue and cartilage.
14. The more extra weight your dog carries, the more strain his or her joints suffer. Weight gain puts extra stress on the joints, which can lead to arthritis.
16. Large dog breeds such as Labradors, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers are more prone to arthritis.
17. As dogs get older, cartilage will begin to degenerate. Many senior dogs suffer from arthritis to some degree.
18. Forty percent of all dogs with Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) rupture on one side will have the problem on the opposite side.
19. TPLO is not only for large dogs, many small and toy breed dogs have the greatest degree of tibial plateau slope.
20. The TPLO provides the best possible outcome with no negative effect on the opposite leg.