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Mobility disorders

Questions

Mobility disorders

19.2 What is osteoarthritis?


In healthy joints(?), there is a perfect balance between the synthesis and degradation of cartilage(?) and of the bone located under the cartilage(?) (subchondral bone) (see joints(?)). When this balance is disturbed starts an irreversible process of weakening of the structures of the joint(?). This is what is called osteoarthritis. This translates to a stiffness, pain and thus a weakened will to move around, as well as a loss of muscle mass. 

There are several factors that that favour the development this condition:

  • growth disorders when the dog was young,
  • a trauma that affects the joint(?) (such as a fracture),
  • repeated solicitations,,
  • chronical inflammatory diseases, such as being overweight or obese,
  • infectious diseases,
  • the natural ageing of the joint(?).

It is not always easy to know if your dog has osteoarthritis. Indeed, signs are hard to detect: your dog can simply be unwilling to climb stairs or jump into your car’s boot. As time goes, osteoarthritis evolves and your dog becomes stiffer and progressively loses muscle mass. It becomes increasingly difficult to handle the pain: it struggles to get out of its basket in the morning, walks slower, or maybe even limps? In order to be sure of the cause of these changes, you can ask your veterinarian to make an X-ray to evaluate the presence of osteoarthritis.

Questions

That you ask yourself about your companion

19.1 Why does my dog struggle to walk?


19.2.1 How does osteoarthritis evolve over time?


The structure of a joint


19.4 When should I see my veterinarian?


19.5 What can I do to prevent and attenuate my dog’s joint pain?


MP LABO recommends

The following products

Cartimax mini

Complementary feed to support joint metabolism in small dogs and cats

 


Glycosane

Glycosaminoglycans and type II collagen complementary feed