As our dogs get older, it’s common for them to experience joint stiffness just as we do. While some conditions can't be avoided, a regular maintenance program can help.
Signs that your dog may be suffering from poor joint health include:
Degeneration of joints is caused by the breakdown of cartilage that protects and cushions the bones in joints. Decreased mobility is commonly seen in senior dogs as the cartilage naturally erodes with age. But acute injury, genetic predisposition, and obesity can also be contributing factors.
Decreased mobility and lameness prevent your dog from doing basic activities. This can lead to depression, irritability and weight gain.
There are things you can do to make your dog more comfortable and help maintain joint normal function. Cartilage supplements can increase joint function and flexibility. In addition, if your dog is overweight, dietary measures should be taken to help ease pressure on aching joints. See your veterinarian to receive medication and dietary regimens for your dog’s health.