The cartilage decline (Cartilage loss)
Osteoarthritis is the most common joint disease in dogs. The term arthrosis or arthrosis (synonym arthrosis deformans – from ancient Greek ἄρθρον arthron, joint ‘and Latin deformare, mutilate) denotes a degenerative joint disease (joint wear) and is also referred to as joint wear that exceeds the usual level.
Osteoarthritis is still often seen by dog owners as a typical symptom of aging, but in recent years it has been shown that osteoarthritis can actually occur in dogs of all ages. This fact results from the fact that joint wear can result not only from the natural aging process, but also from many other influences.
The symptoms of osteoarthritis generally take the form of moderate to severe joint pain and stiffness, depending on the stage of wear and tear. With regard to these symptoms, osteoarthritis can significantly limit the affected dog’s ability to move and enjoy life.
The causes of osteoarthritis in dogs
The cartilage decline (cartilage atrophy)
As the dogs get older, there is often a decrease in cartilage mass and synovial fluid in the joints, which means that the joints themselves are no longer adequately protected from the stresses involved. Age-related cartilage decline usually results in wear and tear of the individual joint components over time – resulting in osteoarthritis. However, a decrease in cartilage arises not only from the aging process of the animals, but also from various other factors, such as genetic causes due to overbreeding, from poor and inappropriate nutrition as well as from injuries and overloading of the joints.
The joint dysplasia
So-called joint dysplasia can sooner or later lead to osteoarthritis in dogs. Joint dysplasia is usually a congenital or malalignment of the joints that occurs over time, which in many cases occurs in the hip area of dogs – hip dysplasia. Due to the permanent misalignment of the joints, the articular cartilage is constantly exposed to a considerable additional load due to the greater compression of the cartilage mass. The articular cartilage has a very high flexibility, which is absolutely important for its important protective function for the dogs’ joints, but the cartilages are very strongly compressed by the joint dysplasia and usually cannot withstand this additional load in the long term. The result of this additional stress is not infrequently the cartilage decline and subsequent arthrosis.
Last but not least, a very common trigger for osteoarthritis in dogs is an inappropriate diet. A poor quality or completely wrong diet can lead to a reduced concentration of the important joint nutrients in the joint cartilage of dogs, which ensure stability, flexibility and also the maintenance of the cartilage and sufficient production of synovial fluid. The result of this lack of nutrients in the cartilage mass is usually a decrease in cartilage and subsequent osteoarthritis. The common industrial feed is unfortunately not always of sufficient quality and is often provided with artificial additives, grain and sugar. Barfen is a good alternative, but there are also very good feed manufacturers outside the industry, such as CanisAlpha.
What can be done against arthrosis?
In order to prevent osteoarthritis the dog owner must firstly for the healing process as well as for the prophylaxis for the conservation and optimum function of the articular cartilage of his dog administer proper nutrients. This can be the pivot nutrients glucosamine and chondroitin, MSM from our product is DOG FIT by PreThis® JOINTS are very well, because these substances are also very analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects.
The Pivot nutrients support the body of the dogs the cartilage mass to receive a return to regenerate, formed cartilage synovial fluid to produce and to alleviate inflammation. Osteoarthritis can use this specially designed to meet the needs of dogs concerted nutrient combination, but also to prevent acute joint problems sustained in the long term can be alleviated.