Elderly Canines – Arthritis

 

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Arthritis
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A small animal veterinarian with experience exceeding two decades, Dr. Todd L. Prince serves dogs, cats, and other animals through several clinical locations in Illinois. After securing his doctor of veterinary medicine (DVM), Dr. Todd Prince became a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

When dogs grow old, they’re at higher risk of certain ailments. Common in a dog’s senior years, arthritis manifests when joint tissues begin to wear away or become inflamed, resulting in painful symptoms that can limit a dog’s mobility and seriously impact quality of life. Dogs experiencing arthritis symptoms may sleep more often, demonstrate less propensity to play, or show unusual caution when moving.

To address arthritis, some veterinarians may suggest a holistic approach that includes anti-inflammatory medications and lifestyle changes. For instance, obesity can exacerbate arthritis. Therefore, caretakers can help by putting their dogs on a more healthy diet or encouraging arthritis-appropriate exercise.

Some patients may also benefit from surgeries to repair tissue damaged by trauma, infection, or auto-immune disorders that give rise to arthritis.

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Orthopedic Problems in Dogs – Arthritis

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Dogs and Arthritis
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A veterinarian with a special interest in orthopedic care, Dr. Todd L. Prince treats a variety of small animals as a staff member with Springbrook Animal Care Center and several other Illinois practices. Dr. Todd Prince is one of the few veterinarians in Illinois to attain diplomate status with the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners.

Like humans, dogs are susceptible to many orthopedic problems, especially as they enter their senior years. One particularly common issue in both humans and their canine friends is arthritis, a disease defined by inflammation and degeneration of joint tissues.

The larger the dog, the more pressure it places on its joints when running or playing. Over time, that pressure causes wear and tear, raising the risk of arthritis. Signs of the disease in dogs include motion problems like difficulties using stairs or reluctance to walk on one or more legs.

Dog owners can reduce the risk of arthritis in their animal companions by ensuring they maintain healthy weights and are getting the right balance of nutrients and omega-3 fats. With the aid of veterinarians like Todd Prince, DVM, owners of dogs with arthritis can also help their pets get relief through drug therapies and even surgical care.