Preventing Joint Disease in Dogs

Preventive health care is important for all dogs, especially large and giant breeds that are predisposed to joint disease. Regular checkups with your vet will ensure potential problems — such as obesity or an improper diet — are caught early before they contribute to the development of joint disease.
Annual physical examinations also detect subtle signs of pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion in the joints, which are often early indicators of orthopedic problems.
The best way to prevent and manage joint disease at home is to ensure your dog maintains a healthy weight. In fact, earlier onset of osteoarthritis is just one of several ways obesity can harm your pet’s health. If your dog is overweight, your veterinarian can help you develop a diet and exercise plan that will allow your dog to lose the excess weight safely.

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