Dog/Canine ArthritisWritten by Matthew Seigneur
Arthritis in canines is just as common as it is in humans. The type of arthritis associated with dogs is osteoarthritis which is caused by degradation of cartilage within a joint.
Cartilage is what keeps bones in a joint from rubbing together. As cartilage breaks down it causes function of joint to reduce causing pain and stiffness.
In beginning canine arthritis is uncomfortable, but in severe cases it causes extreme pain as bones are rubbing directly against each other.
Signs to watch for are favoring a certain limb repeatedly, trouble when sitting or standing, not as active, stiffness in their joints, reluctance to run or jump, and lethargy. There is no cure for canine arthritis yet, but there are several good treatments.
Pain relieving lotions are one of safest and best ways to ease your dogs pain associated with canine arthritis. Your vet may prescribe some medicine for swelling and discomfort.
Dogs - Man's Best FriendWritten by Keith Kingston
Dogs have been known as man's best friend for decades. Owning a dog can be a positive, enjoyable experience for entire family. Keep in mind however, that decision to own a dog is an important one that should not be taken lightly. A dog is not just a fun diversion or entertaining gift. Owning a dog requires a commitment from you that will last lifetime of dog. The responsibilities of owning a dog and joys of owning a dog hold an equal place of importance. If you are considering bringing a dog into your family, here are some important considerations for you to keep in mind.
A dog is an important member of family. If you live in a city, you will need to devote a lot of time to walking dog, ensuring that dog gets plenty of exercise and fresh air, and you will most likely be taking your dog along on family excursions and trips. If you live in a country setting, you will need to ensure safety of your dog and protect dog from hazards that come from a rural setting. Holidays and special occasions will include dog and you may even find yourself including dog in family portraits and gift giving occasions.
Dogs bring companionship and joy to any family. The time and effort you spend caring for your dog will be returned to you in form of lifelong loyalty and friendship that you will receive from your dog. The dog will provide you with a friend to talk to, be an entertaining companion, and can also provide a sense of security and protection for your family. Individuals who are confined to their home or elderly will find great joy in owning a dog and problem of loneliness will be greatly reduced.