Arthritis basically is inflammation of the joint which is caused by cartilage being damaged which leads to the bones rubbing together causing excruciating pain.
Arthritis affects 4 out of 5 older dogs and is now being seen much earlier on in life. It’s the most common chronic pain in dogs which can cause behaviour changes and unfortunately arthritis is the cause of the highest elective euthanasia in dogs which is incredibly sad.
Arthritis is the silent disease which often you do not realise is there until it is in the latter stages when it’s harder to maintain.
Capability and gait issues ← Chronic Pain → Postural changes
Things you as an owner may notice:-
Things you as an owner can do to help:-
How Hydrotherapy can help your dog with arthritis
The hydrostatic pressure can help to reduce inflammation, the warm water will get the blood circulating and the fact that there is zero impact going through the joint when swimming in a pool will mean that your dog will be able to exercise in the pool without the pain associated with land based exercise. Please check out my OAP sessions for your elderly dogs.