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Caissie Canine Instruction: K9 Arthritis Signs and Treatment



This week we begin with some FUN for our K9 Trivia enthusiasts!!! Good Luck!!! (answers below)

 

1.    Dogs can only see in black and white.

 

True or False?

 

2.    Which body part do dogs sweat through?

 

Armpits

Tail

Paws

Ears

 

3.    Which breed “coat” has the texture of human hair?

 

Poodle

Smooth Fox Terrier

Labrador Retriever

 German Shepherd

 

4.    What is the name of the dog on the “Cracker Jack Box”?

 

           Fido

           Jack

           Max

           Bingo

 

5.    Which dog breed has a black tongue?

 

       Husky

       Chow Chow

       Poodle

       Dachshund

 

ANSWERS:  1. False 2. Paws 3. Smooth Fox Terrier 4. Bingo 5. Chow Chow

 

Welcome to Doggie Dialogue

 

Osteoarthritis is a complex condition in K9’s that involve the degeneration and inflammation of one or more joints.



Most vets to diagnose this condition will do a physical examination and diagnostic tests like an x-ray, blood work or joint fluid analysis.

 


There are many factors involved that contribute to K9 osteoarthritis. There is no single cause. These factors can be any of the following:

 

1.    Nutritional History

2.    Injury History (past fracture, ligament damage or joint infection)

3.    Abnormal Joint Development (hip dysplasia)

4.    Body Weight (being overweight or obese is highly correlated with osteoarthritis)

 

K9’s will exhibit a variety of different signs when they have osteoarthritis. The most common signs are the following:

 

1.    Reluctance to go up and down steps.

2.    Reluctance to jump up into or out of a car.

3.    Lameness in one or more legs.

4.    Walking stiffly.

5.    Loss of stamina on walks.

6.    Unexpected aggression toward other dogs or humans.

Once osteoarthritis is diagnosed, it isn’t about treating the disease, but managing it. This disease is so complexed, most vets will combine multiple modalities.

 

Most vets will help manage the K9’s weight and may prescribe a specific diet. Managing your K9’s weight will help with joint support.

 


Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are usually the first line of defense against the pain.


Your veterinarian will determine which prescription will be best for your K9.

 

To help comfort your K9 suffering from this disease offering your K9 a soft padded bed, raised food and water bowl, a ramp/step for entering and exiting your car will help comfort your K9 and will help with their mobility.



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