The Scottish Deerhound and arthritis: recognising the first signs and proper treatment

Dog owner question

"Hi! I would like to adopt a Scottish Deerhound, but I have heard that this breed is prone to joint problems such as arthritis. What should I look out for and how can I help my dog if he has joint problems?"

Veterinarian's answer

"Hi! It's good that you are prepared for this problem. Scottish Deerhounds, as large dogs, are indeed more prone to joint problems, including arthritis. Arthritis often develops with age, but can also occur due to injury, excess weight or genetic factors.

Signs of the disease can include stiffness, swelling, pain, limited mobility, particular difficulty getting up and difficulty walking up and down stairs. The affected joint can often be warm to the touch and swollen.

To diagnose and treat arthritis, it is important to visit your vet regularly. To establish the diagnosis, the vet will usually take x-rays to examine the joints.

Treatment depends on the severity of the disease and the joints involved.

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Treatment usually involves the use of painkillers and anti-inflammatories, lifestyle changes including exercise modification and maintaining a healthy weight, and sometimes the use of nutritional supplements such as glucosamine and chondroitin sulphate.

If your dog's condition is severe, or if conservative treatments are not effective, your vet may recommend surgical intervention, such as joint replacement or joint surgery.

Although Scottish Deerhounds are prone to joint problems, these problems can often be treated and the dogs can enjoy an active and happy life.

The most important thing is to keep an eye on your dog and if you notice any changes in his condition, contact your vet to start the appropriate treatment as soon as possible. I hope this answer has helped and good luck with your future Deerhound!"