Arthritis in Poodles: Management & Symptoms

What is arthritis in poodles?

Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease that causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness in the joints of dogs, including poodles. As poodles age, the cartilage in their joints breaks down, resulting in bone rubbing against bone. This causes discomfort, limited mobility, and decreased quality of life.

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What are the symptoms of arthritis in poodles?

  • Difficulty getting up or lying down
  • Lameness or limping
  • Stiffness after rest or decreased activity
  • Reluctance to jump up or go up stairs
  • Lagging behind on walks or less interest in exercise
  • Irritability or changes in temperament due to pain

How can I manage my poodle’s arthritis?

Exercise

  • Take short, frequent walks to keep muscles and joints limber without overexertion
  • Swimming and other low-impact exercise improves joint health
  • Try physio exercises to increase flexibility and range of motion

Weight management

  • Keep poodle lean to avoid extra pressure on joints
  • Overweight poodles have more rapid arthritis progression

Pain management

  • Prescription anti-inflammatories help control joint pain and swelling
  • Joint supplements support cartilage health and cushion joints
  • Therapies like acupuncture, laser, and hydrotherapy can provide relief

Environment

  • Provide orthopedic bedding to ease pressure on joints
  • Use ramps and stairs to limit jumping on/off furniture
  • Keep floors free of slippery surfaces

What is the outlook for poodles with arthritis?

Most poodles can enjoy a good quality of life for years after an arthritis diagnosis with proper management focused on preserving joint health and mobility. The various treatment options available today offer hope for minimizing discomfort and keeping poodles happily active even into their senior years, even though arthritis cannot be reversed or cured.

I hope these tips help provide some guidance on managing arthritis in your poodle. Please share any other suggestions or personal experiences in the comments below!

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