Does Your Dog Have Any of These Symptoms?
- Joint swelling.
- Trouble getting up and down.
- Limping or favoring a leg.
- Problems climbing stairs.
- Slow or stiff when getting up.
They may be suffering from inflammation or swelling of a joint. The cause can be abnormal bone or joint development, instability of the surrounding ligaments and tendons, or an infection or injury caused by the immune system. Often an untreated injury or trauma can lead to joint deterioration later on.
It’s has been estimated that as much as 20 percent of the canine population over one year of age has Degenerative Joint Disease. The main theme in DJD is inflammation and degeneration of cartilage when it loses elasticity and softening occurs. Chemicals are released that cause the cartilage to break down even further in a vicious cycle of degeneration.
Treat Degenerative Joint Disease in Dogs
The first step in treatment is a through orthopedic examination including x-rays, joint fluid analysis and others. These tests can help differentiate between DJD and other causes such as canine rheumatoid and infectious arthritis.
For treatment, your doctor may suggest surgery or home care treatment. In either case, he will probably recommend prescription medications and/or nutraceuticals. The majority of nutraceuticals contain glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate which are the main chemicals making up the cartilage matrix. MSM is also recommended as a source of organic sulfur which supports connective tissue, joint flexibility, and provides everyday comfort. Vitamin C and Manganese are required for the synthesis of collagen and protection from free radical damage.
It is believed that with DJD or trauma the body requires more of these substances than it can produce. Therefore, supplementation is effective for repair and maintenance to protect and nourish the cartilage and joints.