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20% of Dogs Suffer from Arthritis – Learn the 5 Risk Factors‏


By PetPlace.com

Did you know that one out of every five dogs suffer from arthritis.

Arthritis can affect dogs of any age or breed, but certain risk factors increase a dog’s susceptibility to the disease. According to veterinarians at Novartis Animal Health, these include:

1. Genetic predisposition. Up to 70 percent of dogs in specific breeds, which include Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers and German shepherds, will be affected by canine arthritis.

2. Obesity. Studies show that obese dogs are likely to develop osteoarthritis three years earlier, on average, than lean dogs.

3. Joint abnormalities . Joint conditions such as canine hip dysplasia, the leading cause of lameness in dogs, can increase a dog’s risk of developing osteoarthritis because it puts excessive stress on the animal’s joints.

4. Joint stress and trauma. Injuries (such as getting hit by a car) that damage ligaments, tissues or bones also increase a dog’s risk of developing osteoarthritis. In addition, high-activity and working dogs that participate in demanding activities put repeated stress on their joints. This chronic ligamentous injury makes them more susceptible to osteoarthritis.

5. Infection . Conditions caused by various bacterial, viral and fungal infections can affect joints and contribute to arthritis. Common conditions include Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain spotted fever, which can be carried by ticks.

If a pet owner suspects that their dog may be in pain, they should bring it to their veterinarian’s attention. If diagnosed, the disease can be treated with diet, exercise and a pain control medications such as Deramaxx (these are anti-inflammatory drugs similar to Celebrex and Vioxx for humans).

A number of vets also recommend natural products to help dogs with arthritis. There are several good natural remedies in the market designed to support healthy strong joints, muscles, tendons, cartilage and bones. If you are interested in natural/holistic products – take a look at PetAlive Muscle and Joint Formula.

To learn more about this product go to: nativeremedies.com.

Did you know that the Arthritis Foundation has designated May as National Arthritis Month for people? Our pets are part of the family, so take time this month to look at the risk factors for your dog.

Until next time…

Dr. Jon

P.S. – There is a funny testimonial on the
Pet Alive website about a Great Dane  that began feeling better after taking their Muscle and Joint formula and is once again starting to chase the cat! 

P.P.S. – There are differing opinions about the use of natural products for both humans and pets. I personally take supplements for my own health and believe that they can have a positive effect on our pets.

I suggest that you read about it and form your own opinion. To learn more about the PetAlive Muscle and Joint formula go to: nativeremedies.com


May 12, 2008 - Posted by | K9 Health

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