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Canine Arthritis - Part 2
This is continued from Canine Arthritis Part 1. This
article talks about exercise and arthritis in dogs,
preventing canine arthritis, and treating canine arthritis.
For an introduction, see Canine Arthritis.
Exercise is still very important even for older dogs in
order to maintain a healthy weight and good bowel function.
But if your dog is in pain when it moves that exercise will
be limited. No one wants to play when they are in pain.
Exercise is also important to help with the arthritic
condition, in that movement in the joints releases a
lubricating fluid that helps cushion joints and relieve some
pain. But be careful because over exercise can cause more
damage to the ligaments, making the arthritis worsen.
So far no cure for Arthritis has been found. But, there are
plenty of treatments out there that can lessen the pain
associated with Arthritis and help your dog to lead a fuller
life. The only way to help your dog is to properly manage
the Arthritic condition, and several treatments may be tried
and rejected or a combination of treatments may be what is
best for your arthritic dog.
Don't try to treat the condition yourself, you should take
your dog to a veterinarian. The veterinarian can properly
assess the condition of your dog and suggest the treatments
that you should try.
There are over the counter medicines that can be given to
your dog that will help to alleviate the pain. There are
also alternative treatments and natural herbs that you may
try to keep your dog in good physical health.
The best way to treat arthritis is to prevent it from
happening in the first place. Protecting your dog early in
life and making sure it has a good diet and doesn't become
obese, plus making sure that it gets regular good non-
strenuous exercise will go a long way to staving off this
Most dogs live around fifteen years and the disease often
starts to manifest at around ten years of age. If your dog
has arthritis, make sure to consistently manage its pain.
Animals don't always communicate pain well, but chronic pain
weakens a dog and makes it more vulnerable to other
diseases, and it certainly detracts from quality of life..
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