Without his musculoskeletal system, your dog would just be a furry blob on the ground! The health of his bones, connective tissues and muscle are factors that significantly contribute to his quality of life. When his bones, muscles, joints, tendons and ligaments are all in in good working order, life is good. But when something goes awry in any part of this system, it can mean pain, weakness, and fewer adventures at the park. The most common problems we see involve joint disease.
What causes poor joint health?
Joints are lined with cartilage which protects your dog’s bones and joints from the friction caused by everyday movement. Normal wear and tear on joints occurs daily throughout your dog’s lifetime. Age, overuse, lack of use, injury, genetics and poor nutrition all play a role the development of joint disease.
Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about the condition of your pet’s bones, joints or muscles. And stay tuned for the remaining blog articles for the month of December to find out ways you can help your pet keep their musculoskeletal system at its best!