Arthritis and Rheumatism is more common in dogs than you might imagine.

Arthritis and Rheumatism In Dogs

It's wise for all dog owners to learn to recognize the telltale signs that your dog might have a problem, as well as your treatment options, and whether a TheraCollar could help to provide relief from pain and discomfort.

As a dog owner you may be wondering if there is anything you can do to prevent your beloved pet from getting the disease in the first place. The answer is yes there are indeed things that you can do to help.  Unfortunately however, there are no guarantees that your pet will avoid the problem in the long term. First, an overweight dog will put extra pressure on joints; and this does not mean just hip and leg joints, the spine may also be affected. Provide your pet with a sensible recommended diet and the occasional treat.  Don't be tempted to give in to doe-eyed begging.  It may be tough love, but having a healthy mobile dog that lives well into old age is worth it!

The most common form of arthritis in dogs is osteoarthritis which is a degenerative joint disease. Most often, the cause of the disease is age related.  Your dog's joints are just wearing out with use and the passing of time. In dogs as in humans, it also can be caused by damage from an accident or a weakness from birth. You too may have witnessed pure bred pedigree dogs suffering at a remarkably young age.

Breeds such as Labradors and other retrievers are a prime example but they are certainly not alone.

Arthritis is a painful condition that can affect adult dogs and young dogs alike. Arthritis is common in dogs and is responsible for being one of the main causes of recurring pain in our beloved pets. Arthritis can be a very debilitating disease, greatly reducing a dogs quality of life and ability to enjoy even the most basic daily activities.

Arthritis and Joint Pain Symptoms In Dogs

So what are the signs to for that suggest your dog is starting or is suffering with arthritis? The first signs can be obvious such as being reluctant to climb stairs or just not standing as easily and quickly as normal. Watch as the dog chases a ball or stick, is the movement fluid or is there a stiffness in one or more of the limbs? And have you noticed a change in nature, perhaps not always being as friendly as in the past.  Humans become less tolerant when we suffer from pain and discomfort so can we expect our dogs to be any different?

The sad fact is that there is no cure for canine arthritis. But rest assured all is not lost, the condition can be managed.  A veterinarian will probably suggest treatment that may include diet alteration and regular medication. Swimming can also provide exercise with no pressure on the affected joint.

There are also alternative treatments, similar to the remedies that we humans try to alleviate the pain of arthritis. Glucosamine for example or foods that help to provide omega fatty acids.

Another popular treatment to alleviate arthritis pain in humans is copper therapy, the introduction of copper into the body. Medical science is still very much divided about the efficacy of copper but for centuries people have found relief from copper. So why not try the same treatment on dogs? The best way is buy your dog a TheraCollar. TheraCollars are made of leather and contain multiple copper studs. They are available in a variety of sizes and colors. A TheraCollar is the most cost effective natural way to treat your dog's pain and discomfort from Arthritis and Rheumatism.