Did you know that dogs after one year old can already develop arthritis?
If you notice a once active dog who seems reluctant to move, it could be Osteoarthritis or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD).
Other signs of DJD include hesitance when jumping or climbing stairs, loss of appetite, and irritability or aggressiveness.
20% or 1 out of every 5 dogs have this DJD.
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.
Arthritis affects mobility and lifespan. The average 11 years of a Labrador Retriever can be reduced to 9 years.
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.
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.
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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