Physical activity with your dog is fun for both you and your pet.
However, dogs are just like humans
when it comes to anything physical. When we run and jump, the forces
produced in these movements may strain our joints. This is also true of dogs, where strain over the period of time may
lead to dog arthritis
The next few paragraphs
of this post will be about the different injuries in the joints that may
possibly result in the development of dogs arthritis
. As a responsible
dog owner, it is important to have an idea on what this
disease is all about.
dissecans (OCD) is condition wherein there is a loss of blood flow to
the cartilage, causing a section to flap off. Because shoulder muscles are quite large and heavy,
inflammation may not be observable. However discomfort may be noticed when the joint is being extended and flexed.
There are other injuries that occur in the dog’s shoulder . One is
scapulohumeral luxation where the supporting structures of the
shoulder are damaged or dislocated. Another common injury is bicipital
tenosynovitis - inflammation of the shoulder tendons.
arthritis may be a result of abnormal elbow joints. When your pet
wobbles when walking, visit the vet to check your dog for abnormalities.
The most common abnormality in the elbow is dysplasia - a failure to
properly form the elbow joint in some way. This may be the presence of
fragments or an incongruent (poorly contoured) elbow. Osteochonritis
dissecans (OCD) can also affect the dog’s elbow.
Other elbow conditions that your veterinarian will check for when your dog has joint pain include:
• Joint instability
• Traumatic elbow luxation
• Congenital (development related) elbow luxation
• Elbow Luxation caused by Premature Closure of the Distal Ulnar or Radial Physes
• Blunt trauma to the elbow joint
wrist is another joint susceptible to dog
arthritis. An example is carpal hyperextension, where the ligaments that support the back of the wrist are
damaged. It often results in lameness and pain. Another type is carpal
luxation or subluxation, here both the ligaments and carpal bones may be damaged.
For more information about dog
, proceed to part 2 which talks about the hind legs. For any clarifications on the subject
matter, talk to your local vet.
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