Maybe your pup is not running to greet you anymore as soon as you comes back home, or maybe he’s just not interested to walk anymore. Maybe fetch is a thing of the past… Well, this is for you.
If you see your fur ball acting strange and avoiding anything that requires him to move his/her joints, this could be a sign of canine arthritis. Large breeds like German shepherds are most vulnerable to canine arthritis, but it also affects other breeds.
Much like human arthritis, canine arthritis occurs when the smooth covering over the bones, known as cartilage, begins to wear out. The joints begin to rub against themselves causing severe pain and discomfort. Some of the signs and symptoms are:
- Decreased interest in walking, running, playing
- Whimpering and yelping with movement
- Difficulty rising from a resting position
- Reduced movement in joints or limping
- Falling behind on walks
- Personality changes, such as lethargy or aggression
If you see any one or all of these signs, it’s important to put your pup’s health first and begin by exercise. Make them walk, play, swim and have fun outside. By keeping them healthy, you will help promote healthy bones, muscles and weight because excess weight can strain bones and joints causing them extreme pain.
Apart from exercise, also maintain a healthy diet, therefore if these signs appear, take your pup to the vet to see how best you can help them. Now take a look at an informational video on page 2 about how to care for a senior fur kid with joint pain.
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