|The Arthritis Section|
As in a person arthritis can effect one or more joints and cause
Suggestion: Many dogs get what is called repetitive injury which occurs from many years of straining the same joint. A way of preventing this is don't allow your dog to jump or "drive" for balls on hard ground. Just as we suffer from years of excessive running and jumping on hard surfaces so can your dog... please be careful.
Treatment for Arthritis
There are many great arthritis medications on the market today for pets. Depending on the type of the arthritis and severity the vet will determine the course of treatment. Normally your vet will suggest a non steroid arthritic medication which has little or no side effects. These non steroid medications are normally successful but can stop working after a couples of years or so. These non steroid medications can work better than aspirin.
Dogs digestive systems are different then peoples and buffered aspirins may not be effective and non buffered can cause bleeding so NEVER give your dog any type of aspirin without the approval of your vet first.
Always see your veterinarian for information and diagnosis.
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