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Our dog Molly, well she should have been an Otter!

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All images using a Nikon D7000, 18-200mm lens, iso 200

Our dog Molly she should of been an Otter

Since she was a one year old our Golden retriever Molly just loved a swim in our local rivers, she is now ten and has had a good swim most days. She was diagnosed last year with arthritis and along with the medical products we get her a swim once a day is just about the best thing to keep her moving healthy and fit!

Molly’s Gallery

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Our dog Molly should have been an otter 6

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Arthritis in dogs

Spotting Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis doesn’t discriminate. It affects not only people of all ages — including children — but also strikes our furry friends, too. If you’re a dog-owner, you make sure your buddy takes his heartworm medicine, eats well, looks bright-eyed and playful, and greets you as only a doggy can when you come home. You notice changes in mood and activity, so if your pet isn’t feeling his best you may suspect a cold or stomach virus – but it could be arthritis. In fact, arthritis affects one in every five adult dogs in the U.S. and is one of the most common sources of chronic pain that veterinarians treat.

Spot’s Pals Are Early Diagnosis and Treatment

How do you know if it’s arthritis? Your dog can’t explain what’s wrong with him, so it’s important to watch his non-verbal cues closely and take even subtle changes seriously.

Signs that your dog may have arthritis:

Favoring a limb
Difficulty sitting or standing
Sleeping more
Seeming to have stiff or sore joints
Hesitancy to jump, run or climb stairs
Weight gain
Decreased activity or less interest in play
Attitude or behavior changes
Being less alert

If your dog seems to have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks take him to your veterinarian for an arthritis evaluation, which will involve a physical exam and possibly X-rays. The best thing to do for your dog in managing his arthritis is to get a diagnosis and start a treatment plan as soon as possible. Treating canine arthritis is similar to that of human osteoarthritis.

Therapies may include:

Healthy diet and exercise to help maintain proper weight.
Working with your veterinarian to find a drug treatment that helps relieve the pain.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS): the most common form of pharmaceutical treatment for arthritis in dogs.
Over-the-counter pet treatments, such as pills or food containing either glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate or Omega fatty acids. Both have shown to help relieve the symptoms of arthritis in dogs.
A veterinarian-prescribed NSAID and an over-the-counter treatment that together may help decrease pain and disease progression.

Never give your dog human medication without checking first with your veterinarian. Certain medications can be toxic to dogs – particularly acetaminophen and ibuprofen – and a safe dose will differ between a greyhound and a dachshund.

No matter how you decide to treat your dog’s arthritis, make sure you work with a veterinarian to ensure that you select a program that helps your best buddy.

12 responses

  1. That third image down is killing me. She is intent on her find. lol She’s a beautiful dog and you take really great care of her.

    June 28, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    • Hello Elen 🙂

      I still get a kick ten years on watching her, head down in the water looking for a stone to bring out. She is just such a character 🙂

      June 28, 2013 at 5:18 pm

  2. Oh these are just wonderful Nigel. What a good girl she is and clearly loves her playtime in the river! She’s pure joy – doing the doggy shakeoff , celebrating her new found energy and so proud to have caught her quarry to give to her master. 🙂

    June 28, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    • Hello Sharon 🙂

      She’s loves her time in the water, I think when she is asleep she is only dreaming of the next swim.


      June 28, 2013 at 5:20 pm

  3. artscottnet

    She is so beautiful – excellent photography

    June 28, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    • Hello Scott.

      Thank you, I will pass on your comments 🙂

      Thanks Scott 🙂

      June 28, 2013 at 5:21 pm

  4. poppytump

    Pure joy ! Molly knows what is good for her 😉
    Good tips Nigel too .
    Have a lovely carefree weekend .

    June 28, 2013 at 6:27 pm

  5. Nessy San

    I would love to have a dog like Molly! 😀

    June 28, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  6. “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a hillside on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring–it was peace.”
    ― Milan Kundera

    June 29, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    • Yes! they are all those thinks Rebecca…

      If all dog owners could only see them that way, then all the dogs would have a wonderful life, Sadly they do not :(, some people still see them as property or to be used as an alarm system and spend their life alone in a yard or in a dog run. If you want something to warn you that someone is outside your house or place of work then get an alarm or pay a human being. The only good guard dog is a lonely and thus angry dog – get a dog to be a friend and be a friend back!!!!!

      They have a sort life compared to our own but they offer love and friendship and if loved and included fully in our lives then they make us much more complete!!

      By nature I am a humanist and thus see all creatures as equal and only having different abilities to offer, having different abilities only means being different not being less then and not equal to.

      July 1, 2013 at 10:51 am

  7. Molly is so beautiful and simply amazing. What a joy she must be!

    July 2, 2013 at 3:47 am

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