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Dogs are meant to run, jump and play: whether it’s jumping on your couch or bed, chasing a bird or playing fetch, but all of this running and jumping around puts a lot of pressure on their joints, which can lead to joint problems and osteoarthritis.
Joint problems or osteoarthritis can be categorized into being either degenerative or developmental. Degenerative joint problems cover a wide range of causal factors that can eventually lead to arthritis. The most common of these are ligament issues, which worsen over time leading to instability and secondary arthritis. Developmental joint problems refer to joints that don’t develop as they should, leading to a number of issues such as elbow and hip dysplasia.
A few common signs to look out for are: stiffness; struggling to get up or to climb on and off objects (e.g. struggling to walk up/down the stairs, get on/off your couch or in/out of your car); lameness; more resistant to exercise; less playful; tendency to rest for longer periods; and a change in mood. It’s important to catch signs of joint problems in their early stages, as this will help to address the problem easier and less painful for your dog.
Overweight dogs are also putting extra pressure on their joints and over time this will add unnecessary strain and wear and tear to the musculoskeletal system. For this reason it’s important to look at your dog’s diet and fitness levels for healthy weight and body management.
At Pet Hero you will find the right nutrition and/or supplement to give your dog good and healthy joint support.