Arthritis is the term used in both human and veterinary medicine to describe any type of joint inflammation. Dogs joint pain shows itself in many forms, including rheumatoid, degenerative, and infectious arthritis, each having a different cause. Infections, autoimmune diseases, trauma, and certain drugs, such as sulfa antibiotics, can promote joint inflammation. Many people are turning to natural therapies and Glucosamine seems to be a buzz word at the moment.
There is a reason that Glucosamine is gaining in popularity as an alternative to drugs. First and foremost it works! Numerous clinical trials have now been completed on both humans and pets. The results are there for all to see, and have been miraculous at times.
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The key to lessening the effects of any form of arthritis and dogs joint pain is early detection and treatment. We as a company developed our best selling liquid glucosamine, chondroitin with MSM as a real viable alternative to drugs or surgery. We recommend using the supplement before the painful joint problems develop.
Your veterinarian can prescribe antibiotics, immunosuppressive drugs, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and even cortisone. It might be a case of experimenting to see what your pet responds best too.
The clinical signs associated with joint disease are basically the same. Stiffness or lameness involving one or more limbs is often the most obvious sign of a joint problem, usually aggravated by cold weather and/or exercise. New medications and surgical techniques have been introduced in the treatment of canine joint disease, with some success.
Osteoarthritis, or degenerative joint disease, describes the condition in which a cartilage defects or erosion occurs. It can be inherited but is usually a part of the normal aging process in older dogs. Infectious arthritis is caused by bacteria that gain entrance to the blood stream causing inflammation in one or more joints. Bacteria from the gums, periodontal disease, or Rocky Mountain spotted fever and Lyme disease can cause damage to the cartilage and joint structure.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune-related disease seen frequently in toy breeds. Caused by an overactive immune system, antibodies coalesce within the joints causing inflammation. Fever and depression are also features of these diseases. Hip dysplasia refers to a hereditary arthritic condition which begins as a partial dislocation of the hip joints. In time the cartilages lining the joint surfaces wear down because of abnormal strain on the joints.