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7 Facts on Osteoarthritis, Signs and Causes

Did you know that dogs after one year old can already develop arthritis?

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If you notice a once active dog who seems reluctant to move, it could be Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD).

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Other signs of DJD include hesitance when jumping or climbing stairs, loss of appetite, and irritability or aggressiveness.

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20% or  1 out of every 5 dogs have this DJD.

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But 4 out of every 5 of large breed dogs can suffer from arthritis.   Large breeds such as Golden and Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds, Newfoundlands and St. Bernards have higher percentage of developing arthritis.

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Arthritis affects mobility and lifespan.  The average 11 years of a Labrador Retriever can be reduced to 9 years.

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Too big, too fast! Arthritis is often caused by high-calorie, carbohydrate-dense diets that cause large breed puppies to grow too big, too fast, as well as obesity coupled with lack of exercise in adult dogs.

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Too much weight, too little exercise.  Dogs should get a MINIMUM of 20 minutes of sustained, heart-thumping exercise three times a week. The more exercise, the better.

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Short frantic bursts of occasional activity can actually create injury to your dog! If his body isn’t well conditioned, a sudden surge of activity can create the type of injuries that lead to long-term joint damage.

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