• Sep 25, 2015
  • by Ed Holden
Did you know that joint problem is common in many dogs? It's true: the most commonly affected areas are the elbows and the hips, and the joint problem can range from dog arthritis to hip dysplasia. If you want to provide dog joint care to your pup, it is important for you to know the signs, symptoms and the details of canine joint problems, so you can work with your vet with developing a sustainable treatment plan.

As we've mentioned in a previous blog post, some of the signs of joint pain are:
  • Stiffness
  • Slow movements
  • Difficulty in standing
  • Limping
  • Refusal to jump or climb stairs
  • Aversion to petting
  • Swelling in the joints
  • Aggressiveness and bad temper

What causes joint pain? Several things, but it can generally be classified into the following categories:
  • Ligament, tendon, or muscle disease such as ruptured anterior cruciate ligament
  • Fractures involving the joint
  • Developmental disorders such as hip or elbow dysplasia
  • Congenital disorders such as luxated patella or Wobbler’s syndrome
  • Dietary and hormonal disease such as obesity
  • Metabolic disorders such as hemophilia
  • Cancer
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Inflammatory joint disease such as rheumatoid arthritis
  • Degenerative spinal joint disease such as intervertebral disc disease

When you begin to spot the telltale signs of dog joint pain, it's important that you take your dog to visit your veterinarian to properly identify the cause of the pain. This is crucial in the development of a treatment plan that will help your dog regain mobility and strength.