Arthritis is a condition that affects the joints of dogs.
It is the same condition that affects humans, however in
dogs it generally affects the knees and hips the most as
opposed to the hands in humans. Rest is really the only
way to reduce the amount of pain that the dog goes through
due to arthritis.
If your dog does have arthritis the best way to contain
it is to prevent your dog from over exerting itself. If
you are playing with it and you notice afterwards that the
dog seems to be in pain take that into account the next
time you go out to play with it and reduce the level of
Obviously exercise is good for any animal but when it starts
to cause pain you have gone to far. Talk to your veternarian
about this condition as chances are they can give you some
guidelines as to how much exercise your dog should be receiving.
There is very little medication that is available for arthritis
in dogs. Chances are the arthritis will get worse as the
dog gets older. In severe cases it is possible that it can
completely restrict the movement of the dog due to extreme