Just like humans, dogs are prone to developing arthritis as they get older. In fact, osteoarthritis affects one in five dogs, which makes it one the most common diagnoses for chronic pain in our pets. What are the signs? And how do you treat this painful and potentially debilitating condition?
As dogs age, so do their muscles. Read more about dog’s musculoskeletal system and issues related to mobility.
As many dog owners know, dogs can sadly develop cancer, just like people. This means they can get bone cancer as well. Bone cancer is usually serious but only represents around 6% of all cancers in dogs. Find out more about the symptoms of bone cancer in dogs, as well as treatment and life expectancy.
Is your pup showing symptoms of discomfort in his lower body or a reduction in mobility? He could be suffering from early signs of canine hip dysplasia. Fortunately, your dog doesn’t have to suffer. There are several treatment options available. Learn how to spot symptoms and see what treatments could help your pup regain strength to live a longer, happier life.
Has your dog started limping, but you don’t know why? Just like humans, dogs can begin limping for a wide variety of reasons. Although dog limping is pretty common, it’s still worrisome for pet parents because it means your pup is either injured or has an underlying health condition. We give you some tips on how to tell why your dog is limping, when to see your veterinarian, and how you can help your pup at home.
Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) in dogs is a condition in which the cushioning discs between the spinal column bones (vertebrae) move or bulge into the spinal canal. The discs then push on the spinal cord or the nerves around it and cause pain, nerve damage, and can even lead to paralysis. Intervertebral disc disease, also referred to as a slipped or herniated disc, is caused by degenerative disc disease. Here is what you need to know about IVDD and how you can help your dog.
Have you noticed your dog occasionally hopping on one of his hind legs or walking on only three legs at times? If so, he could have a luxating patella, one of the most common orthopedic conditions in dogs. How does this knee problem affect dogs? Is surgery the only option for this chronic condition, or are there other treatments? We’ll help you figure out what you need to do if you suspect your dog has an ongoing knee problem.
A dog’s life is already too short. If your dog can’t walk, a dog wheelchair can extend your dog’s active years and improve its quality of life. The most important thing with these wheelchairs is to measure your dog correctly, so you purchase the correct size. Once you have a wheelchair, you’ll want to carefully read the instructions to ensure you have it fit precisely to your dog.
If your vet has recommended an X-ray for your dog, you’re likely wondering how much it will cost and what to expect with the procedure. X-rays are a fairly low-cost, non-invasive, and painless way for your veterinarian to gather important information to help diagnose your pup’s injury or illness. And in some cases, they can help save your dog’s life.
None of us want to consider the possibility of our pups being seriously unwell. However, it’s important to be aware of some red flag symptoms, which could indicate something serious is going on. Osteosarcoma is an excruciating and aggressive form of cancer. So, if your dog has had this heartbreaking diagnosis, you must understand your options and the prognosis.