On the cold, damp spring mornings that we commonly experience here in the Pacific Northwest it is not uncommon for some of us to be a little slow to get moving. We feel pain, swelling or stiffness in our joints – this is Arthritis. And it is a condition that we share with our four-legged friends – be they companion animals (dogs and cats) or livestock (alpacas, goats, sheep, cattle or horses).
There are a number of reasons for arthritis – congenital problems (like hip dysplasia or elbow dysplasia), injuries (like fractures or ligament damage), infection (like Caprine Arthritis & Encephalitis), obesity, and simple wear from aging.
Like us, our four legged friends experience the joint swelling, pain and stiffness in any number of joints – from their wrists or ankles to their knees and elbows to their spine.
Sometimes a couple of minutes of activity is enough to banish it for the day; and sometimes help is needed. This help can come in many forms. It can simply be a softer, warmer place to sleep at night.
Or it might require a diet change or the addition of supplements to the diet. And in some cases, like us, it might require taking an arthritis medication. There are a number of very good diets, diet supplements and medications available.
And while we share arthritis with our animal friends, we do not recommend sharing the same supplements or medications with them – some can have dire effects. If you have a four-legged friend and companion that is exhibiting signs of arthritis, please let us know so that we can help you find the best solution for them.