Your Pug and Dog Arthritis

by admin on May 31, 2011

Pugs like other small dogs belonging to the toy breed are generally a healthy group of dogs. Nevertheless, this does not mean that they will not eventually develop dog arthritis. Although large dog breeds are definitely prone to the crippling disease and often develop it at an earlier age compared to their smaller counterparts, pug owners still need to be prepared. It would not hurt to start some preventive measures even when your pug is still in its prime.

Understanding Dog Arthritis

Dog arthritis is one of the most studied conditions in veterinary medicine. As a result, dog arthritis treatment has advanced greatly, providing dog owners more options. Nevertheless, there is still no cure for the debilitating disease. The disease is complex and there are many factors which contribute to the continuous destruction of the cartilage lining in joints. Obesity, malnutrition, strenuous physical activity, or injuries can contribute to the daily “wear and tear” on the joints.

With this, preventive measures can be practiced to prevent the disease from developing early. The easiest way is to keep a dog’s joint healthy. Proper diet will help you manage your dog’s weight and providing the right amount of physical activity will keep an animal’s muscles and bones strong are two ways of achieving this. For older dogs it might be best to start using joint health supplements which contain chondroitin and glucosamine. These ingredients are essential components of cartilage.

Another thing dog owners should do is to keep an eye on their dogs for subtle changes in their movements or behavior. These could be a sign that something is wrong. Even inactivity can be regarded as sign of dog arthritis.

Orthopedic Conditions Pug Owners Should Be Wary of

Orthopedic conditions can also play a role in the early development of dog arthritis. For pug owners there two types that they should look out for. The first one is medial luxating patella or more commonly called as dislocating knee cap. This is a prevalent condition among toy breeds. What happens is that the kneecap is dislocated medially. This prevents the affected leg from stretching; it stays bent. Depending on the severity of the condition, the dislocated knee can be corrected manually or through surgery.

The second, more serious condition is Legg-Perthes disease. The condition refers to the avascular necrosis of the femoral head or in much simpler terms, blood supply to ball of the hip joint decreases causing the bone to deteriorate and eventually die. This happens early in life and can affect the puppy’s movements after about three months of age. In most cases, surgery is the only method to correct the disease by removing the diseased bone.

If you would like more information on arthritis treatments and in particular if you are concerned about the side effects of the arthritis drugs, visit or
Wishing you the very best of health for your dogs! :)

Christopher Durin

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Boog August 9, 2011 at 1:06 am

You’re the one with the bairns here. I’m watching for your posts.


Lesa August 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm

That’s more than senbslie! That’s a great post!


admin August 16, 2011 at 12:36 am

Glad you found this one of interest. I am a pug owner, so this one hits close to my heart. Thank you for the read and the comment.


Salena Poyer August 25, 2011 at 12:11 pm

I don’t even know how I ended up here, but I thought this post was good. I do not know who you are but definitely you’re going to a famous blogger if you are not already ;) Cheers!


admin August 25, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Thank you for the kind words Salena! I enjoy blogging and glad you enjoy this subject. Stay tuned I always have more coming.


Bill Long October 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm

There is another treatment that is working well so far in cushioning joints. They’re injecting a form of silicone into the joints. It’s use is more prevalent in humans for disc and knee work but it’s also being used on a limited basis on dogs. It might be worthwhile to ask your vet.


admin November 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

Bill, this is great information. I am going to run this by our vet who specializes in Arthritis for dogs. He is also my vet guest blogger too! Great information my friend. You always think out of the box, which I love.


Nilsa Madkin November 25, 2011 at 5:17 pm

Your site is really great. Thanks for that.


admin November 26, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Thank you for the read Nilsa! Glad you found it interesting.


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admin January 23, 2012 at 2:50 am

Hi Christel: I see you are on FB too! Glad you enjoyed the article and the layout. My office manager designed our sight layout with photos that were taken during a days work. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!


admin November 6, 2011 at 7:35 pm

Hi There! You are partially correct about small breeds being healthy. However, all breeds have some quirks. That’s just part of life. Pugs can get arthritis due to rapid and sustain weight gain. I saw a picture of Winston on your site. I am deligent about his diet and weight, along with my other dogs that I love. Dr. Christopher Durin, wrote that guest blog for me. I think it is spot on. I welcome your thoughts and thanks once for the read and showing off “W”.


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