There are, of course, hundreds of bone joints in the human and canine body. However, most arthritis strikes in our dogs in the hip joints. One common form of arthritis within the hip of a dog is called, “hip dysplasia“. Hip dysplasia is very common in many large bred dogs.
Unfortunately, dog hip dysplasia, increases the wear-and-tear on the cartilage that surrounds the bone of a joint. As a result of the decrease in cartilage, both bones within the joint start rubbing on each other – causing pain and discomfort. And as dogs age, not only does the cartilage in hips begin to deteriorate, the cartilage in elbows, knees and the shoulders of dogs also begin to deteriorate.
The good news is that, in many cases, over the counter medications found in adult and senior hip and joint supplements can be given to aid in the reduction or possible elimination of a dog’s aches and pains associated with arthritis and hip dysplasia. Often, however, the administration of glucosamine and chondroitin may not eliminate the need for joint surgery.