One of the most common problems of older and larger dogs is arthritis in the spine of dogs. This may often be caused by too much physical activity in the training of dogs. Many dogs are encouraged to jump for the ball when they are young. This causes jolts to the back legs and brings on early arthritis. By all means play ball with your dog but don’t let them jump too high – throw the ball ‘lower’ so your dog can catch it but doesn’t leap up into the air.
What happens in this condition is a deterioration of the tissues in and around the vertebrae. The cause may be related to the aging process. The breakdown causes inflammation and some degree of pressure on the spinal nerves that supply the hind quarters. Difficulty in control of muscle movement and walking develops into a paralysis.
The animal goes down in the hind quarter and pathetically drags himself around on his front legs. I have seen forelegs become affected also. The legs get stiff and unsteady and eventually the animal is down altogether and can’t get up.
A symptom of arthritis in dogs includes poor appetite. You will find your dog less active, weak and do not eat as much as he used to. The disease may not be noticed as early but you will observe fatigue, resistance to walk, climb and play. These are signs of early stage of arthritis.
When there is too much pain and sensitivity in the spinal region this becomes more evident that the dog is suffering from the disease. Progressive loss of control of the hind leg muscles with accompanying dragging of the paws, swaying of the hind end, and reduced ability to walk and jump. Eventually develops into a hind quarter paralysis and can move forward, affecting the forelegs and the brain. Most frequently seen in aging dogs.
We need to be alert with the signs and symptoms of arthritis of the spine of our dogs. This is a deadly disease and actually let our dogs suffer. When treated early though, complications may be prevented. Have your dogs examined by the Vet regularly.
We cannot always assume our pets are in good condition. Professional care is more important. Read and research. Information about regarding signs and symptoms awaken us that something has to be done.
Arthritis in the spine of dogs are very common to dogs. Early detection is necessary. When condition becomes worst, it will cost us too much money and still there is no guarantee to survive from the illness.
Pets cannot talk straight to you. Their feelings can only be expressed through their actions. You need to be more sensitive to them. You do not only feed them but you need to spend time with them more often in order for you to notice their condition. When you know you have the symptoms of arthritis in the spine of dogs it is when you should consider that you dog needs immediate attention.