Arthritis (Degenerative Joint Disorder) actually is a progressive disorder, not a disease as it is commonly referred to ("Degenerative Joint Disease").
Arthritis describes the condition of chronic cartilage inflammation, the cartilage at the joints between bones. This type of inflammation causes pain, and over time the inflammation leads to the degeneration of the cartilage such that the friction of rubbing bones causes even more pain.
Allopathic vets and MDs alike typically portray Arthritis as unavoidable with increasing age and body wear. We know today however that although cartilage naturally deteriorates with age and body wear, Arthritis anytime before old age clearly is a preventable disorder.
This is because chondrocytes and the synovial fluid that nurture cartilage both are sensitive to poor diet, lab medication, and an impaired immune system. Immune system impairment too is primarily caused by:
Thus the better you avoid a poor diet and vaccinations and immunosuppressants, the less likely that your dog (or you) will experience Arthritis early, or indeed at all! Note that many dogs (and people) never experience Arthritis in their whole life.
Who Suffers Arthritis
Healthy German Shepherds are not more susceptible to Arthritis than other dogs. However, as the joints at hips and shoulders are particularly weak in dogs with Hip Dysplasia or Elbow Dysplasia, German Shepherds with either defect are likely to also suffer Arthritis, and rather early.
In general, purebred dogs are more susceptible to Arthritis as well as other disorders: all types of Allergies, Tumors, Diabetes, Bloat or Gastric Torsion, Obesity, Epilepsy, Hypothyroidism, etc. This is because the same likelihood for genetic mutation impacts on the narrower gene pool in every dog generation.
In addition, larger dogs with a lot of weight put on their joints, and dogs that get little exercise and thus insufficient training to support the muscles, are more susceptible to Arthritis. Accordingly Obesity is a major contributing factor.
Finally, dogs that put undue stress on their joints (eg excessive jumping) are much more likely to suffer Arthritis at some point in life. However younger dogs that are kept healthy would normally only suffer Arthritis if they sustain an injury that puts undue stress on the joints.
Again, the easiest way to keep a dog healthy is:
- Share only REAL foods with the dog, don't pay for industrial crap.
- Don't pay for unnecessary vaccinations, and certainly not for "boosters"!
- Decline to pay for immunosuppressive anti-inflammatory drugs (steroids and NSAIDs).
Easy! And saves you a ton of money too!
- feeding industrial crap
- over-vaccinated dog (foolish "boosters")
- steroids administration
- overweight dog
- insufficient exercise
- too much jumping
- losing full range of motion
- sitting or lying down awkwardly
- slowing down quickly on longer walks
- cannot get up the stairs, or down
- trouble getting into or out of the car.
Arthritis can be entirely prevented, or at least delayed and alleviated with:
- REAL food natural diet *
- avoiding unnecessary vaccinations and all "boosters" *
- strictly avoiding steroids administration *
- regular gentle exercise and playtime together
- avoiding too much jumping (jumping high is much more harmful than jumping far, say during energetic runs)
- avoiding insecticides in flea and tick remedies
- avoiding pesticides in yard care
- avoiding other lab chemicals wherever possible.
* I trust the repetition of the life-saving points sinks in?
Although Hip Dysplasia and Elbow Dysplasia are finally declining, both forms of dysplasia are still common among German Shepherds, and both promote Arthritis too. Hence, here you have another reason why you should ensure that, if not from a rescue center, you get your (next) dog from a reputable breeder who tests both dam and sire for dysplasia (and other hereditary defects) before undertaking the breeding venture!
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