Arthritis & Aging

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Arthritis & Aging

Arthritis

If arthritis pain took your dog out of the picture, where would you be, besides a little lost?

You’ve always enjoyed those long walks with your best friend. Problem is, joint pain and inflammation can sometimes make it difficult for him to lead the way. That’s why it’s important to recognize the early signs of osteoarthritis, and what to do when they appear. In mild cases, you’ll notice stiffness and difficulty rising, walking and climbing stairs. As osteoarthritis becomes more severe, your dog won’t act like himself. He’ll resist your touch, he’ll whimper and he’ll limp.

If you notice any of these signs, see your veterinarian. And when you discuss treatment, ask about Rimadyl® (carprofen), a pain relief medication that can help a dog suffering from arthritis. So you and your family can continue to enjoy all those long walks he takes you on.

Aging and CDS

Contrary to popular belief, the signs of old age aren’t always signs of old age. They could be signs of a medical condition known as canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome.

It’s difficult to watch your dog age, especially if your old friend starts to lose interest in your family and begins to require a lot more care. Some of the signs once thought of as simply “old age” may actually be signs of a medical condition known as canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS). Now there’s a medical advance–Anipryl® (selegiline hydrochloride)–that offers new hope for the millions of families with dogs that suffer from the behavioral changes associated with CDS.