It turns out that, when it comes to joints, a dog’s life is not so very different from their human mom or dad’s. That is, they may also suffer from degenerative joint disease (DJD). You can however help your pets return to a better quality of life.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is also known as Degenerative Joint Disease. As a pet owner, be aware that the disease typically affects young dogs with hip or elbow dysplasia, and older dogs who suffer from general ageing and stiffness of the joints.
As the name suggests, the condition is degenerative which means it gets worse over time, and your pet will increasingly experience pain, inflammation, and discomfort.
What causes it?
In the case of primary DJD, there are no known causes. But secondary DJD has a variety of causes, such as trauma, abnormal wear on the joints and cartilage, or even a congenital defect present at birth. An improperly formed hip or elbow – called hip or elbow dysplasia – would count as one. Obesity can also lead to DJD, given that it increases stress on joints.
How do you know if your pet has DJD?
You’ll pick up that your pet may have DJD by the way they move. You’ll notice joint stiffness when they get up, or that they struggle when getting in and out of the car. They’ll also be stiff after walks, limp, and seem to be experiencing pain and discomfort.
What about treatment?
Treatment should involve three things:
- Weight loss and exercise
- Managing pain and inflammation
- Joint repair and protection
For exercise, swimming is a good choice as it’s a fun, non-weight-bearing activity that aids diet management and joint mobility.
Cipla Vet’s GCS Range can help with the rest. Why? Because the products are high quality joint supplements that act as the building blocks for joint repair and provide anti-inflammatory action.
For more information on Cipla Vet’s GCS products, visit http://ciplavet.co.za/products/gcs-range
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