Special thanks to Zoetis for sponsoring this post. This post is written in collaboration with Zoetis Petcare. All opinions are my own.
It makes me so happy to hear how many of you have adopted dogs in the last few months! Dogs are truly the greatest companions and rescuing Charlie 3 years ago was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I shared a blog post last year on how to take care of a dog. Packed full of tips and details on his food, treats, toys, training, etc! Today, I’m so excited to talk about something that I was only made aware of a few months ago, and is SO important to look out for in our pups; osteoarthritis (OA.)
Osteoarthritis in Dogs
What is Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis is a painful condition caused by the wear and tear of cartilage and joints that can have physical and emotional effects on your pup. Around 37% of dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds get it1!
How To Detect Osteoarthritis
Signs to look out for are; limping, decreased activity or exercise, stiffness or decreased movement of joints, sadness, and also a drop in energy level. Dogs can often hide signs of pain so it can be hard to recognize when they have OA. Zoetis Petcare offers a simple OA canine checklist that I personally took for Charlie and it really helps breakdown all of the symptoms and behavioral changes you should look out for in your pup. While OA can’t be cured, it can be treated, so I highly recommend going through this simple checklist and talking to your vet about it.
A Healthy Dog = Happy Dog
A healthy dog is a happy dog! There’s nothing worse than knowing – or not knowing that your pet is in pain or suffering. This quick checklist and a chat with your vet is a great way to get peace of mind and make sure they are always feeling their best. Seeing Charlie happy, comfortable, energetic, and relaxed is the most important thing. I love when his tail wags and his tongue hangs out waiting for a treat or a bite of my food! It melts my heart :)
PS for those asking Charlie is a Dachshund Terrier rescued from Vanderpump Dogs in LA.
1 Wright, A., Amodie, D., Cernicchiaro, N., Lascelles, B. and Pavlock, A., 2019. PVM1 DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT RATES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS IN DOGS USING A HEALTH RISK ASSESSMENT(HRA) OR HEALTH QUESTIONNAIRE FOR OSTEOARTHRITIS IN GENERAL VETERINARY PRACTICE. Value in Health, 22, p.S387.