Arthritis and Arthritic Pain in bulldogs is due to inflammation of one or more joints. The painful inflamed joint is also commonly known as Osteoarthritis and degenerative joint disease (DJD). Arthritis in English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs and American Bulldogs, as in humans, is a progressive, degenerative disease that worsens with time. Arthritis affects the smooth articular cartilage of your bulldog’s joints, this cartilage is responsible for covering and protecting the bone in the joint and allows your bulldog’s joints to move and bend without pain. When this cartilage becomes injured and worn down, the bone loses its protection. The now exposed articulating bone parts start rubbing against each other when your bulldog moves, causing inflammation and pain. As pain increases, your bulldog’s will to move and exercise decreases. There are many factors that can lead to arthritis in bulldogs. Some of these factors include obesity, joint infection, traumatic injury (resulting from car accidents or other physical trauma), cranial cruciate ligament rupture, medial patella luxation, and hip dysplasia
Arthritis and arthritic pain in bulldogs can be eased and managed by maintaining control over your pet’s weight. I also recommend low impact exercise like swimming and off road walks for muscle tone and bone strength. I also recommend that you start your bulldog puppy on a joint and bone supplement like Dr. Kraemer’s V4B Total Joint and/or V4B Fish Oil. When started early, these V4B supplements can slow down the degenerative process by repairing the worn down joint cartilage and can ease pain with their anti inflammatory properties.
Bulldogs and French Bulldogs suffering from arthritis and arthritic pain will generally display noticeable signs. These signs/symptoms include swollen joints, lameness, muscle disuse atrophy, and sometimes a noticeable cracking sound when the affected joint(s) are in motion. The earlier your bulldog’s arthritis is treated, the greater their chances for full recovery of motion in the joints.
Dr. Kraemer’s Arthritis and Arthritic pain in Bulldogs Tip #1 (www.DrKramers.com): Bulldog arthritis and arthritic pain can be treated in multiple ways. This depends, of course, on the severity of the case and the age of your bulldog. As obesity is a large factor in the progression of arthritis, putting your bulldog on a special veterinary recommended nutritional diet to promote weight loss, as well as proper and moderate exercise can be very helpful.
Dr. Kraemer’s Arthritis and Arthritic pain in Bulldogs Tip #2 (www.Vet4HealthyPet.com): I now offer non-pharmaceutical treatment modalities that treat inflamtion and pain and are highly effective, low cost, non-invasive, pain free and with no adverse effects. These modalities include Class 4 Cold Laser Therapy, Pulse Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) , as well as Stem Cell Therapy and Plasma-rich Platelet Therapy. These non-invasive procedures are highly beneficial, as they are not harmful to your pet and they offer a long-term solution to the suffering and pain that can come with arthritis.
Dr. Kraemer’s Arthritis and Arthritic pain in Bulldogs Tip #3 (www.StemCell4Pet.com): I now offer in house cutting edge regenerative technology which uses your pet’s (dogs a
nd cats) own natural “repair” cells to regenerate the cells in an affected area. This self healing, anti inflammatory, pain relief treatment is called Stem Cell Therapy and it can also be stored for future treatments (Cryobanking)
Dr. Kraemer’s Arthritis and Arthritic pain in Bulldogs Warning#1: Some veterinarians recommend treating advanced arthritis and arthritic pain in bulldogs and other pets with corticosteroids (Prednisone). These drugs may provide temporary pain relief but have many potential unwanted long term adverse effects. There are safer, (preferably non-steroidal) anti-inflammatory analgesic drugs for the management of chronic arthritis and arthritic pain relief.