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Joint pain is a common occurrence among enough occurrence among canines especially for those that are already old. Joints that have not been treated properly could also lead into various complications, such as the development of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a condition that would render your pet lame, and the pain that comes along with it is unimaginable. It can totally change your dog’s life – for the worst!
Since dog arthritis can often occur in geriatric dogs, you have more reasons to make sure that your dog’s joints are getting proper treatment while they are young and while they are growing up until when they are in their old age.
You also need to pay extra attention to your dog’s joints if your pet belongs in one of the larger breeds since they are the ones who are likely to be struck with this disease. Dog diseases such as arthritis may be irreversible, but at least you can do something to potentially prevent it. When you give the right care for your dog’s joints, you can at least slow the process if it’s inevitable.
Here are some things that you can do easily to keep your dogs from developing joint problems:
- Try to prevent joint injury. In most cases of canine osteoarthritis, the affected dogs are reported to have experienced joint injury at least once in their earlier life. Be mindful because even an injury sustained from your pet’s puppy days can lead to the onset of arthritis later in life. Supervise your dog’s exercise routines. Try not to let your dog jump too high or run to hard especially when your pet is still a puppy. Even when your dog is already mature, be careful of what to avoid because there are some tricks that your pet might not be able to handle.
- Treat injuries immediately. When injury has already happened, respond to it immediately. Bring your pet to the vet so that proper treatment can be administered. Force your pet to rest if needed. If ever you suspect an underlying injury, don’t try to play guessing games for too long but instead, refer it to a trusted veterinarian.
- Feed your dog appropriately. Diet can affect your dog’s joints as well. Sometimes, we think that a fat puppy is just too cute so we can’t resist over-feeding our pets. This can have irreversible consequences. In cases of puppies, gaining too much weight than their immature bones can handle can result in lasting damages to the joints. Feed your dog healthy food and watch its weight.
- Give your dog special treatment. Be more accommodating. It is not a good idea to always keep your pet leaping. Leaping off the car, leaping to the couch and so on. It’s better if you provide things for them to pass through – like for instance, a ramp –so that they won’t have to risk joint damage from all that leaping.
These are just some of the simple things you can do to show your dog that you care about them, and especially, their bones! More than that, it will also save you a lot of heartache and much trouble in the long run if you can prevent your dear pet from developing osteoarthritis.
Cancer also happens to canines, just like how it happens in humans. Just like how it is in humans, it’s a complete nightmare if your pet has cancer. If you happen to have a dog (and you probably do, since you are reading this) it is important to know what you should watch out for in order to detect cancer in your pet at the soonest time possible. Early diagnosis is important in any illness and it is especially important in the case of cancer.
So what should you watch out for? There are many things that can alert you about an underlying problem that might turn out to be cancer. Once you get suspicious, it’s better to consult a trusted veterinarian right away. In this way, proper diagnosis can be made and the outcome would be a lot better for your dog.
So you bring your dog to the vet and you are told that your pet needs to undergo several tests in order to know what the matter is exactly. For sure, you will worry yourself to death. Knowing more about the tests might help ease your anxiety a bit, so here’s a compilation of common diagnostic tests done for dogs that exhibit symptoms of having cancer.
- Biopsy – Just like how it’s done in humans, when a suspicious lump is found in your dog, the vet will recommend for it to undergo biopsy. A sample of the lump must be obtained for the biopsy. There are two ways to have it done. One is to get a portion of the lump through surgery and the other one is by aspirating a sample using a very fine needle. Your dog’s vet will counsel you about which way will be best for your pet.
- Smears – Another common test is by using smears from open lesions found in your pet. It is evaluated thoroughly to discover more about the mass found in your pet.
- Chest x-ray – Chest x-rays are commonly used to discover whether the cancer has spread throughout your dog’s body. It helps in identifying the status of metastasis once cancer is suspected or diagnosed.
- Ultrasound – Another way to see what is happening inside your pet’s body is through ultrasound. This is a simple non-invasive procedure that will result in the visualization of your dog’s internal organs.
- Lab tests – This can include a complete blood count and other blood tests that would be helpful in determining the overall health status of your pet. It will also help the vet know for certain the presence or absence of cancer. It can also include urinalysis. It’s done by taking a sample of your pet’s urine. As you know, another symptom that should make you suspect that its cancer is the difficulty to excrete urine. Hence, a urinalysis is necessary.
These are the usual diagnostic tests to determine dog cancer. You should not worry so much about the diagnostic procedures themselves and just hope for good results for your pet.