Have you noticed a behaviour change as your dog gets older? How many times have we heard someone say that their dog is getting grumpy in their old age? It is also not uncommon for people to talk about how their pet develops ‘selective deafness’ and tends to ‘do as they please’; in other words, […]
Archive | Arthritis
Does the weather affect arthritis in dogs?
Have you heard people complain more of arthritis pain on cold, wet days and less on warm, dry days? I suspect, like me, you have. Well, could this also be true for our four-legged companions? What’s more, if owners do notice more stiffness and lameness in their pet during colder, wetter weather, then is it […]
Osteoarthritis in Dogs
(aka ‘Arthritis’, ‘Rheumatism’, DJD) What is osteoarthritis? Arthritis means ‘inflammation of a joint’. Inflammation is a basic way the body reacts to infection, irritation or trauma and we generally see redness, swelling, warmth and pain. So ‘arthritis’ is actually not a very specific term and there are a number of quite different problems that will […]
Hip Dysplasia In Dogs
Are puppies born with abnormal hips? In this article we will look at some of the most common questions asked about hip dysplasia in dogs. What actually is Hip Dysplasia? Hip dysplasia is a heritable condition in which one or both hips develop an abnormal shape. It is usually painful but the degree of […]
Glucosamine – Why Use it when it doesn’t work?
Since 2000, more than 800 products containing dietary supplements promoted as treatments for osteoarthritis have entered the US market place alone. In 2008, the market for supplements such as herbal medicines, nutritional supplements was $20 billion and rising. Surely, they must be doing something if we spend this much money on them? Maybe..maybe not. I […]