Stiff joints can have an overall impact on your dog’s general health and quality of life. By knowing how to spot the signs you can take action early in order to help improve your dog’s mobility and reduce discomfort and pain.
Signs that your dog may have stiff joints include:
If you are concerned about your dog’s mobility in any way then please speak to a vet.
Understanding Stiff Joints
Stiff joints are often the result of increased wear and tear to the joints themselves (degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis). The cartilage of the joint (that is the tough material that both protects the bone in the joint and acts to cushion any shock to the joint), can wear away quicker than it can be replaced. This leads to pain and stiffness and eventually bony changes within the joint which can seriously affect the dog’s mobility.
Although stiff arthritic joints are not curable, the good news is that there are things that can be done to help improve your dog’s mobility and reduce pain and discomfort.
There are many reasons why your dog could be suffering from stiff painful joints:
As dogs get older, joint cartilage will progressively wear away. Though it is much more common in dogs over 7 years of age, young dogs can suffer from stiff joints, too.
Certain breeds are more prone to developing stiff joints. ‘At-risk’ dog breeds include Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds and Rottweilers.
Excess weight means excess stress on the joints and cartilage, this increases the risk of joint damage leading to painful osteoarthritis.
Congenital or hereditary defects
Some breeds may have congenital or hereditary conditions that make them more prone to developing stiff joints later in life.
Accidents or trauma
Trauma to cartilage may lead to stiff joints later in life and adversely affect mobility.
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