Joint Deterioration


When we decide to add a dog to our home the start of a special bond develops. Our new addition becomes our friend, our partner, our love and we become their family. In addition to the daily play time and all of the comical antics that our new dog brings to the household we also assume a multitude of routine responsibilities. The task of potty training and obedience training are on the top of the list, also a good relationship with a credible veterinarian is very important. These individuals will schedule preventive maintenance programs throughout the years, which may include heartworm medication, rabies shots and in some areas lime disease prevention. With this type of maintenance plan along with a healthy diet and regular daily exercise your dog should lead a happy and healthy life. However as years go by if you happen to notice subtle changes in your dogs’ behavior and or activity level which is affecting them on a daily basis, it may be more than a common stomach virus or cold. The aforementioned symptoms could be the early signs of joint deterioration. Approximately 20-25% of family pets suffer from some form of Degenerative Joint Issues. In fact, it affects roughly one 1 in every 5 adult pet dogs in the United States which equates to roughly 14.9 million dogs.


Types of Degenerative Joint Ailments Related to dogs


  • Osteoarthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Knee (dysplasia)
  • Knee (stifle joint)
  • Osteochondrosis
  • Hypertrophic arthritis
  • Shoulder degeneration
  • Wrist Arthritis (carpi)
  • Kneecap dislocation






Signs of Degenerative Joints Ailments Related to Dogs


  • Difficulty or uninterested in walking, playing, reluctant to climb or descend stairs 
  • Falling behind you on walks
  • Toe dragging (when the top of nails tend to drag on the ground when walking)
  • Lethargic / Inactive
  • Difficulty sitting or rising from a laying position
  • Limping or favoring a limb
  • Weight Gain
  • Stiffness or appears sore after exercise
  • Winces or whines when petted or touched
  • Lack of alertness
  • Unresponsive to commands
  • Behavioral changes


Side Effects of NSAIDs:


NSAIDs will markedly reduce swelling and inflammation to affected joints; however research studies have shown long term corticosteroid use could inevitably contribute to additional joint damage and breakdown.  Steroids and NSAIDs do not promote healing of joint tissues.



Use caution when administering non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications such as aspirin, ibuprofen, Rimadyl, Etogesic and Duramxx. The aforementioned medications will alleviate the discomfort related to the respective joint ailment; however the inherited toxic side effects associated with these types of NSAIDs far out-weigh the benefits. Extensive laboratory studies show prolonged use of these medications can lead to bleeding disorders, gastric ulcers, in addition to liver and kidney dysfunction.



Be Aware of the Potentially Life Threatening Signs to Rimadyl


  • Loss of appetite
  • Refusal to drink
  • Unusual pattern of urination, blood in the urine, sweet-smelling urine, an overabundance of urine, urine accidents in the house
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Black tarry stools or flecks of blood in the vomit
  • Lethargy, drowsiness, hyperactivity, restlessness, aggressiveness
  • Staggering, stumbling, weakness or partial paralysis, full paralysis, seizures, dizziness, loss of balance
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the skin, mucus membranes and whites of the eyes)




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