You might think that your dog will be somehow immune to the pains and stiffness that arthritis brings. That’s a human condition, right? Wrong. Dogs are often struck with this painful and degenerative disease, too.
Guide to Dog Arthritis
It’s not a given that your dog will develop arthritis, but there is a good chance he might, especially if he lives a long life, is a larger breed or is very overweight.
Arthritis in dogs causes the same discomfort that it does in humans. Your dog might be stiff, suffer pain or have difficulty moving, especially in the morning and after he’s been sleeping. It can be hard for your dog to live a long, healthy and active life when he’s suffering from the affects of arthritis.
Pfizer, the pharmaceutical company, estimates that as many as 11 million dogs suffer from arthritis. That’s about 1 in 5 adult dogs, a significant number. It’s possible that your dog has arthritis and you don’t even know it.
This guide is designed to help you determine if your dog has arthritis and what you can do about it if he does.
Here’s what we’ll examine in this useful guide:
Chapter 1 – Introduction.
Chapter 2 – Why do dogs get arthritis? The reasons why dogs get arthritis are similar to why humans get arthritis. It can be due to a myriad of factors, which we’ll examine in this chapter.
Chapter 3 – Is your dog arthritic? How can you tell if your dog has arthritis? In this chapter, we’ll examine what to look for, what you can overlook and when you should be concerned.
Chapter 4 – How to prevent arthritis. If your dog doesn’t have arthritis, you want to be sure that he never develops it. There are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood that your dog will develop it over time. We’ll show you how.
Chapter 5 – Caring for your arthritic dog. If your dog does have arthritis, there are ways you can care for him so that he’s comfortable and can still live a long and happy life. There are also ways you can reduce the severity of his symptoms and we’ll give you information about that too.
Chapter 6 – Resources. There’s much more information available to dog owners who want to know more about how to care for their arthritic (or pre-arthritic) dog.