Does your dog love to play, run, jump and act wild every once in a while? That’s what makes them dogs right? We love our furry companions because they join us on adventures, on the road and on the couch. So, it’s natural to be concerned when you notice that your four-legged friend might be slowing down.
Immune-mediated polyarthritis is one of the three most common forms of canine arthritis; the other two being septic arthritis and osteoarthritis (OA) or degenerative joint disease (DJD). The Arthritis Foundation notes that a fifth of all pets in the USA have been diagnosed with some variation of arthritis. It also notes that dogs older than seven years have a 65 percent likelihood of developing arthritis.
We all dream of aging gracefully with our dogs. But we also have to acknowledge the fact that our canine companions reach the senior bracket quicker. Like humans, dogs’ joint tissues often wear down and deteriorate with age.
Obesity is the biggest concern if you tend to feed your dogs your leftovers! According to statistics, over 50% of dogs in the US are either overweight or obese.