Just as in humans, arthritis is a condition that can cause dogs pain, swelling and stiffness in their joints.
There are several potential causes; sometimes arthritis may result from an old injury or the joint may simply become damaged through wear and tear due to old age.
In fact, many older dogs suffer from arthritis and vets consider all dogs over the age of seven to be at risk of developing arthritis.
In dogs, the most commonly affected joints are the knees, elbows, hips and backbone.
Although arthritis is usually associated with pain and stiffness in the joints, it can be very difficult to see this in your dog. It is often only after the pain has been relieved, and your dog has renewed mobility, that you may come to realise just how stiff they had become.
If you have noticed any of the changes below in your dog, you should consult your vet or vet nurse for advice.
The medical care of arthritis in dogs has advanced rapidly in recent years. With a little action on your part, there is every reason to expect that your dog can be comfortable for the rest of their life.
Your vet has prescribed Metacam to treat your dog’s arthritis. Metacam is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which is a type of painkiller and anti-inflammatory for dogs. NSAIDs are very effective at reducing the pain and stiffness that your dog may suffer from, and are likely to greatly improve their quality of life. It is important to use pain relief that is prescribed by your vet. This is because painkillers that are commonly used in humans, such as paracetamol, aspirin and ibuprofen are not all safe for dogs to take.
Your vet may suggest that you give your dog a joint health supplement, such as Seraquin. This is a nutritional supplement containing glucosamine, chondroitin and curcumin; all of which help support the normal function of your dog’s joints.
For more information on Seraquin, please visit the Seraquin website.