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Arthritis in cats and dogs August 16, 2005 9:17 AM

 
 
Dear People,

This section came about because I was looking for a better Glucosamine product for myself. Your WebMommy Susan, breeder of Shibas, has arthritic hands and fingers and if I don't take this miracle product, I cannot type or take care of my puppies without a great deal of pain. 

Since starting with Glucosamine, I've not only regained the use of my hands, but I've also, almost totally gotten rid of the pain in my left hip/lower back and am now working on healing the right one. I don't take any other pain medications or prescription medicine. I'm not a doctor. I can only tell you my own experiences and this stuff really works!

In my internet search for a more effective Glucosamine product, I happened upon a website selling Syn-Flex and was amazed at the information about dogs and cats and how to help them, as well. And, on top of that, it costs so little to do it. Often, the medications for humans is harmful and even fatal for a dog,  examples: aspirin should not be given to cats and chocolate, of all things, is a poison for dogs! Glucosamine is safe

I was surprised that Glucosamine has helped so many animals as well as people, even though I knew that my friend gives it to her older horses. It hadn't even occured to me that it might be so helpful to the dogs that develop knee and hip problems. I have to share this with you because it has been a blessing to me and may be the answer you have been looking for, for your ailing pets and maybe even yourself.

If you need to ask me any questions, feel free to e-mail me.

Sincerely, Susan

1. Pet Arthritis, an Introduction
2. The Signs of Arthritis in Pets
3. Glucosamine for dogs and cats
4. Canine Hip Dysplasia
5. Rimadyl Warnings


Pet Arthritis, an Introduction

     Approximately 25-30% of family pets suffer from osteoarthritis. The stiffness, pain and swelling in a pet with Arthritis is really no different than what you as a human being would experience. Arthritis in pets, as is humans, is a debilitating disease that greatly affects your pet's health and well-being. 

     With the onset of Arthritis, also known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD), a happy, playful Fido or Fluffy can quickly turn listless and pain ridden. 

Types of Pet Arthritis

•    Osteoarthritis (general term, also known as OA)
•    Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD)
•    Hip Dysplasia
•    Elbow (dysplasia)
•    Knee (dysplasia)
•    Knee (stifle joint)
•    Osteochondrosis
•    Hypertrophic arthritis
•    Shoulder (degeneration)
•    Wrist Arthritis (carpi)
•    Kneecap (dislocation) 

What's really going on to cause this pain in your pet?

     The physiological changes that occur in pets are virtually identical to that of the human body. Essentially, it is the "breakdown" of the (protective) cartilage that covers or protects the ends of bones at the joint.

Primary Vs. Secondary Osteoarthritis.

     Since pets by their nature are very active, it follows that they are constantly subjecting themselves to trauma. Where trauma is the cause of the onset of one of many (osteoarthritis) conditions (as opposed to hereditary conditions), the course of the disease is extremely rapid. 

     While a human may sustain a traumatic injury that does not develop into an arthritic condition for many years, quite the opposite is true with pets. Unlike humans, most of pet Arthritis develops almost immediately after trauma to their bodies. The onset can and is often within weeks of even a minor injury as opposed to years for a human. This is referred to as secondary arthritis compared to the more usual primary arthritis in humans. 

 

What are the signs of arthritis in pets?

•    Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump, or play 
•    Limping 
•    Lagging behind on walks 
•    Difficulty rising from a resting position 
•    Yelping in pain when touched 
•    A personality change 
•    resisting touch 

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 August 16, 2005 9:18 AM

The typical Veterinarian response

If your pet is showing any of the above signs, it is always a good idea to take your pet to the Vet. They will be able to tell you exactly which type of arthritis your pet has (listed above). 

A typical response to these conditions (if diagnosed) by a veterinarian is to prescribe NSAIDS (Rimadyl, aspirin, aleve, motrin, etc.) for pain. In the more severe cases, steroids or even surgery may be suggested. 

The use of NSAIDS (and even veterinarians will agree, is not without some element of risk. Just as in the case of humans, pets run the risk of side effects even though they do get some pain relief. It goes without saying that the use of steroids and/or surgery poses even greater risks.

Side effects of NSAIDS include stomach ulcers and liver damage. COX-II Inhibitors have been shown to increase chance of heart attacks and strokes. Furthermore, while these treatments do reduce the pain, they do nothing to treat the disease. 

There is an alternative...GlucosamineRead the full text of The Consumer's Guide to Glucosamine Products for Pets.Effective Treatments for Canine Hip Dysplasia
By J.R. Rogers 

What is hip dysplasia?

Canine hip dysplasia (CHD) is a genetic, painful, crippling disease that causes a dog's hip to weaken, deteriorate, and become arthritic. It is a congenital condition and is the leading cause of lameness occurring in the rear legs of dogs. CHD is common in dogs, particularly in certain large and giant breeds, although smaller dogs and cats can suffer from the condition as well. Hip dysplasia it is usually and genetically transferred inherited trait. However, it can occur in dogs whose parents do not have Canine hip dysplasia. 

The signs of Canine hip dysplasia

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 August 16, 2005 9:19 AM

 Difficulty getting up from a lying or sitting position or in climbing stairs. 
•    Moving both rear legs together while walking
•    A painful reaction to extension of the rear legs
•    Dropping of pelvis after pushing on rump
•    A stilted gait or pelvic swing while walking
•    An aversion to touch 
•    A change in behavior
•    Whining 
•    Reluctance to walk, climb stairs, jump, or play
•    Lameness after strenuous exercise 
•    Hunching of back to avoid extending the hips when standing 

     It is very important to understand that the only way to accurately diagnose CHD is through X-rays. The above symptoms may also be seen in dogs with normal hips and affected dogs may display none of these symptoms at all.

     Literally, hip dysplasia means "badly formed hip". In order to understand this complex problem it is first necessary to understand the anatomy of the canine hip. This ball and socket joint consists of two basic parts - the acetabulum and the femur. The femur, or thigh bone, consists of the head (the ball) and the neck (the part of the femur that joins the long shaft of the bone to the head). The acetabulum forms the socket part of the joint and it is into this socket that the head of the femur
rests.

     In unaffected dogs there is a good fit between ball and socket. However, if ligaments fail to hold the round knob at the head of the thighbone in place in the hip socket the result is a loose, unstable joint, in which the ball of the femur slides free of the hip socket. Swelling, fraying and rupture of the round ligament follows. This laxity causes excessive wear on the cartilage in the hip joint, eventually resulting in arthritis.

-- Read the rest of this article

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For more information on treating arthritis in pets with glucosamine, we recommend reading:
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For more information on treating arthritis in pets with glucosamine, we recommend reading:
The Consumer's Guide to Glucosamine Products for Pets
Information on Glucosamine for treating Arthritis in People 

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Arthritis Cats and Dogs. August 16, 2005 12:13 PM

Hi Pat, thank you for your great write ups, I am Co/Founder of this group.

I also run We-Love-Pomegranates, plus other groups.

In We-Love-Pomegranates, have a look at the topic
call Why ? Did You Join This Group.
Wenke writes It's Works
Arthritis. Pomegranate Juice.

Plus :

I aways give it to my little dog Tessa
When I see her eating glass or vomiting.

The pomegranates juice aways make her better.

I hope this is of help to you and other members.

You are doing a great job with this group Thank You.

To your good health.
John Powell

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