Dog owner question
"Hi! My Field Spaniel dog, Bella, has been moving slower lately and seems to be having a hard time climbing stairs. What do you think is the problem?"
"Hi! Thank you for sharing Bella's symptoms with me. These signs suggest that your dog is probably suffering from osteoporosis, also known as osteoarthritis.
This disease is unfortunately common in older dogs and larger breeds, including field spaniels.
Osteoarthritis is the slow breakdown of cartilage at the end of the bones, which can cause pain and limited mobility in the dog. The most common symptoms include slowed movement, avoidance of pacing and jumping, and signs of pain such as howling or moaning.
Animals can often be lethargic, play less and may have a reduced appetite.
For Bella, it's best to take her to the vet as soon as possible!
The specialist will usually take an x-ray to confirm the diagnosis. Unfortunately, osteoarthritis is a condition with no permanent solution, but there are treatments and methods that can help alleviate symptoms and improve Bella's quality of life.
Treatment usually involves the use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs, following a special diet and controlling exercise and weight.
Your vet can talk to you in detail about Bella's individual treatment plan.
By working with your vet, you can help Bella cope with osteoporosis more easily!
Regular, moderate exercise, such as walking or swimming, can help maintain her mobility and reduce pain.
Proper diet and weight control are also important, as excess weight puts extra strain on already sore joints.
I hope this helps and Bella gets better soon!"