Many Pug dogs end up with arthritis when older (7, 8 years old and up), so it's important to know what this is, how to prevent it, signs of this & treatment. If you take note of this issue now, you may possibly save your Pug a lot of discomfort and pain.
With the most common form of arthritis (osteoarthritis also known as degenerative joint disease) a dog’s joints become inflamed and painful. It is caused by smooth cartilage breaking down and no longer properly protecting bones.
There are 4 types of arthritis with canines:
• Osteoarthritis – this is the most common form, if your Pug dog has arthritis, most likely it is Osteoarthritis
• Idiopathic (where the cause is unknown)
Causes of Arthritis in Dogs
1) An injury
- Most commonly to a ligament. Pug dogs that have had luxating patella or hip dysplasia are very prone to develop arthritis in those areas (knees or hips).
2) Obesity –
Pugs are prone to weight gain and particularly some older adults and seniors may carry a few too many pounds, especially if they have become sedentary. The more weight
that’s on a joint, the more stressed the joint becomes, and the more likely it will wear down and be damaged.