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What is Osteoarthritis and What Can You Do?

8 year old Cooper during his fall family photo shoot
  Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints.  Dogs often show an intermittent lameness that slowly becomes more severe and frequent with time.  Some dogs have a stiff gate.  Other dogs are affected by the weather (especially cold).  Since boxers are working and athletic labeled dogs, they are at risk. In a recent study published by the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition, researchers' indicated that a diet enriched with omega-3 fatty acids from fish origin significantly eased clinical signs of osteoarthritis in dogs.  It was also noted that dogs that do a one-hour walk per day also improved conditions. Typical Veterinary treatment includes: weight control, activity control, and drugs, and surgery and procedures to treat underlying causes or eliminate joint instability. Does your boxer suffer from Osteoarthrits?  If so, we'd love to hear your story and what works best for you.  Email: If this article was helpful, please make sure you 'like' or share.

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