The surface of a dog’s bones is covered with smooth cartilage, lubricated with a kind of joint fluid that enables the two surfaces to move smoothly. When the joint cartilage becomes damaged this is when arthritis in dogs beings to occur because the cartilage around the joints starts to degrade. This causes the two bones to rub against each other causing excessive bone growth.
This causes joint damage and can eventually be a very painful condition for your dog. Arthritis affects over 22 million dogs per year.
Age and weight are some of the most common reasons dog owners will see symptoms of arthritis occur in their pets. When it comes to age, arthritis is most commonly seen in middle age to older dogs but can affect a dog at any age.
If a dog is overweight for a long period of time, this can stress the joints and enhance the probability of the dog getting arthritis, age will not make much of a difference in this case. It is important to keep your dog at a healthy weight to help ensure that their joints stay healthy.
There are many common signs seen in a dog with arthritis such as:
- Reduced mobility
- Slow to get up and lay down.
Many of the times these symptoms will occur after laying down for a long time or after a sudden change in weather. If you notice any of these symptoms in your dogs, make an appointment with your veterinarian and discuss with them the benefits of hemp for your dog’s arthritis.