Canine Osteoarthritis Treatment with DogLeggs™ Tarsal Support
Osteoarthritis refers to chronic inflammation of the joints. This painful condition is caused by joint cartilage deterioration. Although osteoarthritis can affect dogs of all ages and sizes, it is more common in older and overweight dogs.
Osteoarthritis is genetic, meaning there are no preventative measures you can take to protect your dog. However, treatment has come a long way over the past few years. With proper treatment, most dogs experience reduced severity of symptoms.
Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
In order for treatment to be effective, you need to recognize the signs of osteoarthritis early. Watch your dog carefully, especially as they age. Any stiffness, limping, lameness, or obvious signs of pain should be reported to your veterinarian immediately.
Dogs with osteoarthritis often have difficulty standing. They might cry in pain or become aggressive when touched. Sometimes the only sign is a decrease in activity.
Depending on your dog’s breed, symptoms can begin early or later in life.
Larger breeds are generally more likely to develop problems with their joints. Overweight dogs also have an increased risk of joint problems. Ensuring your dog maintains an appropriate weight can reduce the severity of their symptoms. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best course of action.
Treating Canine Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis cannot be cured. Treatment revolves around managing and reducing the severity of symptoms. Your veterinarian will work with you to develop an appropriate pain management system. This might include supplements and medications to slow the progression of the condition. Weight management is also important as it prevents additional stress on the joints. Sometimes, veterinarians will recommend surgery. However, most people find surgery cost prohibitive, making it one of the least common treatments for osteoarthritis.
If your dog has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, it’s important to do all you can to keep them comfortable. This includes keeping them warm. Just like humans with arthritis, dogs with osteoarthritis can experience flare-ups in cold weather. Provide your dog with a warm, safe place they can go on colder days.
An exercise program is essential to the success of any canine osteoarthritis management plan. Appropriate exercises include low impact activities such as walking and swimming. The type and length of your dog’s activities should be appropriate for their age, activity level, and ability. Too much exercise can put additional stress on the joints, increasing the level of discomfort for your dog. Your veterinarian can help you determine the best exercise plan for your pet.
DogLeggs™ Tarsal Support
The DogLeggs™ Tarsal Support provides support for dogs with tarsal osteoarthritis. The support goes on quickly and easily and conforms to the limb. This prevents it from moving or causing painful rub sores.
DogLeggs™ products are custom sized to ensure the perfect fit. The Tarsal Support is machine washable and constructed from high quality, durable materials. The products design allows air to circulate, while keeping the joint warm. Strategically placed padding protects the bony prominences of the hock.
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