Recognizing and Preventing Arthritis In Your Pet
Arthritis is a common ailment for dogs and cats, affecting mainly middle aged to elderly animals. Also known as degenerative joint disease, arthritis occurs when bones in a joint move abnormally, wearing down cartilage, and causing chronic pain and inflammation.
Arthritis manifests itself in a number of ways, some of them more apparent than others. The keener you are at recognizing these symptoms, the quicker you can be in treating your pet and getting them back on the road to health and happiness.
Symptoms of Dog Arthritis Pain
The first and most obvious sign your pet is in pain is in the way they move. A favored limb or limping motion is an indication something is not feeling good. Just like in humans, this condition may be more pronounced in the morning, when they are still getting the “kinks worked out” so to speak. As they get more active during the day, the altered movement may decrease.
Another common symptom is reluctance to move around. If your pet has more trouble than usual getting on and off the couch, a favorite perch by the window, or into the car, that might be a sign of pain. Older dogs are usually a little sluggish the day after a day of higher than normal activity, but if this persists beyond a day, this might also be a signal of arthritis onset.
Arthritis also manifests in a shorter time to fatigue. If your walks on the beach are getting shorter, or if your pup runs out of steam in a play session earlier than she used to, it could be a sign that she is experiencing mobility issues.
Unusual aggression is another mannerism to keep an eye on. If your pet is more growly than usual when being played with or held, take note. Keep a special eye on where and how you are holding him, and if that is eliciting the aggressive reaction. Your grip could be triggering a pain response.
Another thing to keep an eye on is how your pet is reclining. If you recognize them taking on a strange posture, a new position, or if they’ve developed a hunched spine, they could be trying to compensate for pain. Another common arthritis symptom is repeatedly licking or biting one particular limb. Some animals actually begin to lose hair around that spot because they are attending to it so persistently. This could be a sign that arthritis is setting in.
In all these cases, be aware that changes happen gradually over time—hardly ever do they pop up overnight. Be a keen observer of your pet and take notice when they develop a new habit. Unable to speak directly to us, our pet’s actions express the majority of what they are feeling. It’s our jobs as responsible pet parents to comprehend what they mean.
The size and type of animal you have goes a long way in dictating whether or not they are affected by arthritis. In general, larger, heavier dogs are more prone to joint issues than smaller dogs. Some breeds, such as German Shepherds and Labrador retrievers for example, are predisposed to having hip and elbow issues. For this reason, it’s important to know your purebred dog’s lineage and any health problems that are common to that breed.
Mixed breed dogs tend to have less issues overall. Genetic diversity seems to go a long way in outpacing orthopedic complications.
Active Prevention of Arthritis in Dogs and Cats
No one likes seeing their pet in pain, and treating pain in your dog or cat can be a delicate issue. Luckily, there are a variety of ways you can help.
If your dog or cat is exhibiting symptoms of arthritis, the best thing to do is to consult with your veterinarian. Your vet may suggest a change in diet, an altered exercise regiment, or a food supplement to strengthen their joints and prevent pain and inflammation.
Outside your vet’s guidance, there are a few action steps you can start on immediately to get your dog or cat on the road to better health today.
As the saying goes, prevention is the best medicine. The best thing you can do now to prevent arthritis from setting in is to keep your pet at a healthy weight. A heavy pet is no healthier than a heavy human, and if they are getting on in years, this can be an issue. Keeping your pet at a healthy weight will reduce the stress that their bodies place on their joints, which goes a long way in keeping bones and tissues moving like they should.
If you notice that your dog or cat has some “extra padding” around the ribs or belly, speak with your veterinarian. Your vet can help you figure out a weight loss plan that will work for you and your pet’s lifestyle.
Using CBD with Arthritis
Using natural supplants like cannabidiol (CBD), which is found in Treatibles, can also help benefit your pet’s health. CBD has been found to be anti-inflammatory and analgesic (pain killing).
In 2014, the results of a study on CBD and osteoarthritis was published by the European Journal of Neuroscience. The report stated, “The ubiquitous distribution of cannabinoid receptors, together with the physiological role of the endocannabinoid system in the regulation of pain, inflammation and even joint function further support the therapeutic interest of cannabinoids for osteoarthritis.”
These “promising results…recently obtained in support of the therapeutic value of cannabinoids for osteoarthritis management,” have been the basis on which Treatibles was created.
Just listen to what our customer, Peter G. says about his dog Scooby, who was diagnosed with arthritis in his back hips. Peter first recognized the symptoms when Scooby was having trouble getting out of bed in the morning. In his words, he tried “the anti-inflammatory prescription pill rimadyl but it’s expensive and disconcerting because any regular use of something like that can create organ issues.”
When he discovered Treatibles, things changed for him and Scooby.
“Scooby greedily eats Treatibles and I really notice a change in him after he does. I can see how he staggers with much less hesitation as I believe any pain he has is severely dissipated… For extended periods of time after walks, he stretches out on the cool floor, wagging with his tongue out. Happy boy.”
George S. had a similar experience with his 14 year old pit bull, Angel, who was suffering from severe arthritis pain.
“She was taking the Treatibles in conjunction with prednisone every other day, but it wasn’t until I began the daily Treatibles that I noticed she had less & less pain and no longer had to do the arthritis spin-around-dance to find a comfy way to sit!” he reports.
“Your products are a Godsend as I hated to see my baby in pain,” George says, “now that has been eradicated with your phenomenal product!! Thank you, Treatibles for turning back the clock and enhancing my 14 year old baby’s quality of life!”
Arthritis Prevention Begins Today
No matter what your dog’s age, your can prevent or delay arthritis onset today by adhering to these simple rules:
- Keep your dog at a healthy weight.
- Make sure your dog’s diet includes dietary fatty acids (Omega-3s), which can reduce inflammation and limit joint and cartilage damage.
- Adhere to light to moderate exercise daily - two 15-20 minute exercise sessions are sometimes better than one 40 minute session, if possible.
- Use natural, over the counter supplements and vitality promoting treats like CBD-rich Treatibles, as needed.