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Joint Issues

  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Arthritis
  • Osteochondritis (OCD)
  • Stiffness/Inflammation
  • Ligament Tears
  • Growing Pains
  • Mobility Problems
  • Joint Pain
  • Back/Spinal Problems
  • Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD)

Symptoms

Is your pet becoming less active, less playful, or desiring shorter walks? The following symptoms could be early signs of OCD, Arthritis or Hip Dysplasia.

  • Moving more slowly
  • Difficulty getting up
  • Weight shift to another leg
  • Personality change
  • Reluctant to walk, jump or play
  • Refuses using stairs or the car
  • Change in appetite
  • Change in behavior
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Lagging behind
  • Yelping when touched
  • Limping
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Posts Tagged ‘Mobility Problems’

Dogs With OCD

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Dogs with OCD (or Osteochondrosis) suffer a great deal of pain and mobility issues.

When a dog has OCD, fragments of bone and cartilage become detached from larger bones and end up floating around the area encompassing a dog’s joints. The result is that any movement in the joint where those fragments are located will cause a dog to suffer from severe pain.

Dogs With OCD (or osteochondrosis)

What is Osteochondrosis (OCD)

OCD is a congenital problem that usually affects only larger dogs who seem to be predisposed to the condition.

The best way to understand the true cause of this condition is that it is a disease of the cartilage that results in large pieces of cartilage and bone becoming detached and floating freely. This causes a dog with OCD a lot of pain.

These free floating bone and cartilage pieces can lead to the development of arthritis, hip dysplasia, secondary degenerative joint disease, or other side effects.

There are several variations of osteochondrosis (OCD), and all typically affect the dog’s joints at the ankle, shoulder, elbow and knee on one or both sides of a dog’s body.

The different types of OCD are distinguished by their location on a dog’s body. They are also differentiated from each other based on the severity and the primary cause of the condition.

It’s more common for OCD to affect the forelimbs than a dog’s hind feet and legs.

Symptoms of OCD in dogs

To properly treat and identify OCD in your pet, you need to be able to recognize the symptoms of this disease. OCD can develop at any stage of a dog’s life, although it is more common in younger dogs than in older ones.

Dogs with OCD will show some of the following warning signs:

  • Pain when the affected limb is touched;
  • Muscle degeneration on the affected side of the dog’s body;
  • A general limitation of movement;
  • Lameness or difficulty moving around.

How to diagnose and treat OCD in dogs

A veterinarian will diagnose osteochondrosis using a series of X-ray tests.

Treatment of the disease requires lifestyle changes. The dog’s exercise routine must be changed to ensure that the dog can remain active and suffer fewer mobility problems.

Dogs suffering with joint diseases like OCD, arthritis, bursitis, hip dysplasia and other degenerative problems with the shoulders, elbows and hocks can find immediate and long-term relief without drugs with a regular regimen of Winston’s Joint System, a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. Winston’s contains no drugs and there are no side-effects.

Winston’s Pain Formula is another product proven to be fast acting and highly effective in relieving the pain in a dog caused by these diseases. Both of these products help your dog to recover much faster.

Dogs with OCD will require a change in diet and careful observation to prevent overfeeding and weight gain which contribute to damage of the joints due to OCD. Work with your vet to determine if your dog’s diet is properly supporting its joint health or if it can be changed to be more effective.

Since 1990, Winston’s Joint System and Winston’s Pain Formula have helped heal over twenty thousand dogs from all over the world. Our staff specializes in hip dysplasia, arthritis and all joint, pain and mobility issues.
 
There is an excellent chance we can help your dog, so please contact us at: www.dogshealth.com or call our toll free number at 888-901-5557.

Senility and Cognitive Dysfunction in Senior Dogs

Monday, May 20th, 2013

If you notice that your older dog is exhibiting behavior problems, it may be senility or cognitive dysfunction that accounts for the behavior. Senility and cognitive dysfunction affects dogs in the same way that Alzheimer’s disease affects humans. Recent medical studies have shown that many senior dogs with senility and cognitive dysfunction problems have lesions in their brains that are very similar to what is seen in Alzheimer’s patients.

Studies undertaken by major companies in the pet industry have revealed that 62% of all dogs ten years of age and older will experience at least some of the following symptoms, which usually indicate canine cognitive dysfunction:

* Confusion or disorientation that causes a dog to get lost in its own yard, or to wander aimlessly around the house, and become trapped in a corner or behind furniture.
* An obvious decreased level of activity.
* Constant pacing during the night, or being unable to sleep at night.
* Anxiety and increased irritability.
* An increase in barking, whining, or howling.
* A decreased ability to perform common tasks or to respond to its owners’ commands.
* Long periods of inattentiveness, appearing to just stare into space.
* A continuing inability to recognize family members or old friends.

To make the correct diagnosis of senility or cognitive dysfunction, a veterinarian first has to rule out other possible causes of the dog’s behavior problems. A marked decrease in activity may not be caused by senility or cognitive dysfunction, but might be due to advancing arthritis or hip dysplasia that could be successfully treated with Winston’s Joint System. Dogs who suffer from severe joint diseases such as arthritis, bursitis, osteochondrosis (OCD), hip dysplasia or other degenerative problems with the shoulders, elbows and hocks are able to experience immediate and long-term relief without dangerous drugs when given a daily regimen of Winston’s Joint System. Winston’s is a combination of three, totally-natural whole food supplements developed by a Naturopathic Doctor for his own dog. There are no side-effects and there are no dosage problems because your dog’s body uses only what it needs.

If it is determined that your dog does not have physical problems and is suffering from senility or cognitive dysfunction, a vet will probably prescribe one of the major drugs, Selegiline or Anipry. These drugs are not a cure for senility or cognitive dysfunction but can alleviate some of the symptoms. If a dog responds well to either of these drugs, it will need to be given the medication every day for the rest of its life. There are some unpleasant side effects with these two drugs so it’s important to ask your vet what these side effects are and how dangerous they might be to your pet before you decide on administering these drugs to your dog.

An excellent supplement that can help aging dogs is Winston’s Senior Complete Multi vitamin and mineral supplement. This is a powerful and complete once-daily multi vitamin for dogs that are five years and older. This complete multi vitamin contains almost 50 active ingredients from the healthiest sources available.

It’s vitally important that dogs who are diagnosed with senility or cognitive dysfunction continue to be exercised and played with on a regular basis. If your senior dog is experiencing behavior problems, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have your dog tested and evaluated to determine if senility or cognitive dysfunction is accounting for the drastic change in behavior.

Early intervention and proper, loving care can help your dog have a more happy and healthy life in its senior years.

Dogs With Arthritis Beat Summer Heat

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Hot summer months can be a dangerous time for dogs who have mobility problems due to arthritis or hip dysplasia.

Just as we humans must be careful when spending time outdoors during the hottest summer months, we must also be aware of the dangers that our pet dogs could face if they can’t easily move around to protect themselves during the hottest times of the day.

There are some important things you can do to make sure your dog enjoys the summer as much as you do.

Dogs With Arthritis Beat Summer Heat

Beat summer heat

The most significant thing is to limit their time outdoors.

On really hot days take walks in the early morning or evening hours.

If your dog spends most of his time in air-conditioning, the intense summer heat outdoors will make it hard for him to acclimate to the heat. I find this especially critical since my dog and I live in the desert where temperatures reach as high as 115 degrees some days.

Be sure your dog has access to plenty of cool, fresh water 24 hours a day. If you plan to be outside for a long period of time, take a few bottles of water with you or bring along ice cubes in a thermos or plastic container so your dog has access to cold water whenever he’s thirsty.

If you’re going to be walking on asphalt or sand, remember that both of these surfaces can quickly get hot enough to burn your dog’s paws. Since your dog’s entire body is much closer to the ground than yours, he’ll feel the heat more than you will. Try to walk him on the grass or dirt where it’ll be cooler for him.

One of the worst things you can do to your dog is to leave him cooped up inside your vehicle.

When it’s only 80° outside, a car can heat up to over 120° in just minutes. Cracking a window does little to prevent the buildup of deadly heat. We continually hear horror stories of pets dying from asphyxiation after being left locked in a car.

Tying your dog outside a store while you run an errand is also never a good idea, and is especially dangerous in the summer. If you can’t take your dog inside a store, you need to leave him at home.

If you take your dog around a pool or other body of water, be aware that not all dogs can swim or get themselves out of a pool if they fall in, especially dogs suffering from arthritis or hip dysplasia. You might want to buy a doggy life preserver if you spend much time around a pool with your pet.

Always supervise your dog when he’s swimming. Dogs can become easily disoriented and a dog with arthritis or hip dysplasia may not be able to find the stairs to get out of the pool when it’s exhausted.

Chlorine in pools and bacteria in rivers, lakes, and ponds can also be toxic to your dog’s delicate system. Be sure to rinse him off after swimming.

Heat exhaustion

How do you know when your dog is suffering from heat exhaustion?

Symptoms of heat exhaustion or stroke can include:

  • excessive panting;
  • rapid pulse;
  • vomiting;
  • lethargy;
  • disorientation;
  • and obvious paleness of the gums due to a lack of oxygen.

Take your dog inside immediately if he shows any of these signs and cover him with cool, wet towels.

There are many factors that make a dog more susceptible to heat exhaustion: physical condition, age, breed, and the climate he has adapted to.

  1. Very young and very old dogs are most at risk.
  2. Snub-nosed dogs like bulldogs and pugs are especially susceptible to heatstroke because they have a harder time panting.
  3. Dogs with mobility problems due to dog arthritis or hip dysplasia are especially at risk and often require help in getting to a cooler location.

If you keep your dog outside, it’s critical that he has access to shade, and remember that dark-colored dogs absorb more heat than dogs with lighter-colored coats.

Never leave your dog in a dog house during the summer months as the temperature inside can rise to dangerous levels just as it does in a car.

Please have a safe and happy rest of the summer with your dog and feel free to share your stories with our readers about how you keep your pet safe from the summer heat. Does he or she like to swim? Run on the beach? Ride in a boat with you?

Since 1990, Winston’s Joint System and Winston’s Pain Formula have helped heal over twenty thousand dogs from all over the world. Our staff specializes in hip dysplasia, arthritis and all joint, pain and mobility issues.
 
There is an excellent chance we can help your dog, so please contact us at: www.dogshealth.com or call our toll free number at 888-901-5557.

Summer Vacation With Your Arthritic Dog

Friday, September 10th, 2010


Taking a late summer vacation with your arthritic dog can be much more fun than going during the peak of summer when it seems as if everyone is traveling to wherever you’re headed. It still requires some advance preparation to ensure your trip will be a pleasant one for both you and your dog, especially if your dog suffers from mobility problems like hip dysplasia or arthritis.

Here are the most important things you need to do before heading off for that fun summer trip:

Pack a first aid kit. You can buy a doggie first aid kit at your local pet store or pharmacy, or if you have the time you can put together your own. You’ll need to include a pair of tweezers to remove ticks, a pair of scissors, adhesive tape, eyewash or drops, gauze bandage, and antiseptic lotion or cream.
Pack a copy of your dog’s vaccination records. In case there’s an emergency while you’re on the road you’ll have the important information a new vet would need.

Be sure to take your dog’s collar and leash for the times when he’ll be out of your vehicle. Whenever you take him out of the car for potty breaks he’ll need to have his collar on and be on a leash. If your dog does suffer from arthritis or hip dysplasia and needs help in supporting himself sometimes, try the Easy Lift harness to assist him in getting around more easily. This harness is the perfect companion for your best friend in his time of need. With Easy Lift you can easily give your dog a helping hand while walking or climbing.

Being in a strange environment with new, unique smells, will make it difficult for your dog to resist checking out everything. He could easily run off and be hit by a car or get lost if not on a leash. And be sure your phone number is on his current dog tag attached to his collar or harness. Since most people travel with cell phones, this is the perfect number to have engraved on your dog’s tag.

Be sure to bring along your dog’s favorite foods to prevent him from getting an upset stomach from eating foods he’s not used to. If your dog is used to eating only the meals you prepare for him at home, then fix enough meals to last him through your trip and pack them along with your own food. Also, if your dog is only used to drinking water from home, it would be a good idea to take along as much of his drinking water as you can and use bottled water whenever possible.

If you need to protect the seats in your car, cover them with blankets, towels, or old sheets. You can use the sheets to cover furniture if your dog is used to sleeping or lying on your bed or couch. The towels can also be used to clean your dog’s paws after he’s run around in the mud or dirt. And don’t forget his toys. You can help ease any discomfort of traveling by bringing as many toys from home as you can fit in your car. The familiar smells of a favorite blanket and a supply of chew toys will help calm even the most sensitive dog.

If you know you’re going to be staying in a hotel, be sure to call the hotel before leaving home to confirm that it’s okay to bring your dog along. Not doing so can have unpleasant results. This happened to me once on an overnight trip to a small town in northern California and it was a real bummer arriving at my hotel and finding out they had a new “No Pets Allowed” policy. The worst part about it was trying to find another pet-friendly hotel at 9 o’clock at night. Luckily my dog is such a sweet, loving and gentle animal, the clerk at a major chain hotel took pity on us and offered us a corner room on the first floor.
When making your hotel reservations, choose appropriate accommodations if your pet has behavior issues. Ask for a ground-floor room, preferably at a corner if unfamiliar noises easily disturb your pet. Remember, the goal is for you, your pet, and all the other guests to enjoy their stay.

The biggest concern non-dog owners have about pet friendly accommodations is the belief they will be disturbed by a barking dog during their stay. If the hotel’s rules permit you to leave your pet unattended in the room be sure you place a “Do Not Disturb” sign on the door, notify the front desk and leave your cell phone number with them in case there is an emergency. It’s also a good idea to turn on the television or radio to cover any outside noises that might disturb your pet. If your pet is prone to barking or has separation issues, do not leave him alone in the room, even if the rules permit it. Search the yellow pages or ask the front desk to recommend a local pet sitter.

If you allow your pet on your furniture at home he will likely want to be on the furniture in your hotel room. Bring a couple of old sheets that you can use to cover any furniture your pet will be using. Additionally, the housekeeping staff will be especially grateful if you take a minute to clean up any pet messes in the room before you depart.

Always take responsibility your pet’s doo-doo. Be sure you always pick up after your pet and dispose of the waste appropriately.
Taking these few simple steps is part of being a responsible pet owner.

What good or bad experiences have you had traveling with your dog? Have you ever gotten irritated with irresponsible dog owners who allow their pets to run rampant? Have you had any unusual or heartwarming experiences on vacation with your arthritic dog?

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