Types Of Arthritis
This is the classical form of arthritis explained in the introduction. It can be a side effect of the aging process, but can also be caused by conditions such as hip dysplasia which routinely affects younger dogs as well as those in their later years. In hip dysplasia, the ball and socket which connects the legs to the main body are not tight enough, leading to clashing and abrasion during movement.
Non-erosive arthritis refers to a condition in which there is inflammation of the joints but no destruction or creation of bone matter. It can result from immune conditions where the body begins attacking connective tissue as if it were a foreign entity (known as rheumatoid arthritis).
Signs Your Dog Has Arthritis
There are several things you can look for if you suspect your dog is suffering from arthritis. It is more likely that your dog has this disease if they are older, or if they have illnesses such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever which can result in arthritic conditions. Common symptoms include:
- Hunched back
- Licking at the joints
If your dog is displaying these symptoms you should call your vet and arrange a check up.
Treatment With Tramadol For Dogs
Tramadol is a strong painkiller (analgesic) which acts on mu-opioid receptors and inhibits the re-uptake of serotonin in your dog’s brain. It is prescribed by some veterinarians to control pain associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis. Tramadol should only be used if necessary as overuse can lead to dependency and several other unwanted side effects, for this reason pet owners may wish to try supplements like glucosamine first.
When treating arthritis with tramadol, it’s important that you visit the vet first for a prescription and a plan of treatment. Usually you will be asked to start your pet on a low dose and gradually build it up to higher amounts with time. This dosage will usually be adjusted based on your pet’s response to treatment and any side effects they experience as a result of the drug.
What Else Can I Do?
Aside from tramadol treatment, you can opt for natural remedies. Supplementing your dog with vitamin C or glucosamine is a great way to boost your dog’s treatment when used in conjunction with pain relief medication. Speak to your vet about these supplements, or ask about Cosequin which is a little pricier.