If your dog’s showing signs of arthritis, then it is likely to be affecting their back legs. The back legs are the most common place for a dog to contract the condition because of the amount of pressure they put their back legs under. The initial effort for running and jumping for a dog is done with their back legs; this pressure can cause a breakdown of the cartilage in the joint over time and eventually cause arthritis. As this breakdown of cartilage occurs, your dog will experience pain and swelling in and around the joint. As this gets worse, your dog may experience debilitating bouts of pain that may mean they struggle to do anything at all.
What can you do to help?
When you see something that isn’t quite right with your dog, you should get them to the vet. Tell the vet about the symptoms that you have noticed and anything else that you think will help the vet. The vet will run some tests and examine any noticeable problem areas. After this, they will provide a diagnosis.
If the diagnosis comes back as arthritis, you will have a lot of options for treatment. Your vet may first suggest some NSAIDs to help your dog cope with the pain and stiffness in their back legs. From there, they may recommend that you put your dog on a new diet and exercise regime. This diet will consist of fresh veg and supplements and the exercise regime may include hydrotherapy. The idea behind this treatment for arthritis is to build up the muscles surrounding the joint to take the pressure off and for your dog to lose any excess weight to further relieve the pressure on the joint. This treatment alone can be enough for most dogs to cope with the condition and live a long and pain-free life.
Another option for dogs with arthritis is stem cell therapy. Unlike the other arthritis treatment options mentioned above, stem cell therapy can rebuild the joint and make it healthier again. It repairs all of the damage caused by the arthritis and takes away all of the pain and stiffness. Stem cell therapy is an extremely effective treatment for arthritis in the back legs of dogs and you can use the other treatments mentioned here to prolong the effects of the treatment. We have a lot of information about this arthritis treatment on our website and a free ebook that provides even more information.
These are just a few of the treatment options available to a dog with arthritis in their back legs. There are a lot more available to them, but we have found these to be the best. They are completely natural and work very well for relieving most of the symptoms of arthritis.
If you would like to find out more about any of the arthritis treatments mentioned here, then you can on our website. We have a lot of articles on here dedicated to arthritis in dogs that will be of use to you if you are looking for a viable treatment for your dog.