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Hello,
Madison, my 9 year old shih tzu was recently taken to the vet because she had a noticeable limp. The vet said that not only did they need to take x-rays, but they also would have to take out some of her teeth.

At the end of everything, the vet visit cost $2500 because they extracted four more teeth. As well, they diagnosed her with arthritis. Unfortunately my father was the one who took her to the vet and I can't offer more than these pictures of her x-rays.

I'm feeling like yes, my poor pup has arthritis, but could that truly be the reason why she is limping?

What are everyone's thoughts?
 

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As well, raw chicken feet are a great natural source of chondroitin and glucosamine if your dog can eat them. A friend has a 14 year old dog that was starting to seize up, and it's loosened him up greatly. He's able to run and jump again.
 

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Of course arthritis can be the reason why your pup is limping! Take a look at this article to better understand what arthritis is..

"A tissue called cartilage, which plays a very similar role to the shock absorbers we find in automobiles, covers the joint surface. It also prevents the underlying bone from deteriorating as result of the repeated friction it is subjected to from continuous movement. Osteoarthritis is characterized by a progressive destruction of this cartilage and an abnormal bone proliferation on the edge of the joint surfaces known as osteophytes"

You can find the rest of the article here: Canine Osteoarthritis - Ortocanis.com

Maybe it's time to look into different options for treating your pup's arthritis.. I had bought the Ortocanis dog knee brace awhile back for a torn ACL, but it also is recommended for cases of arthritis. Or you could look into a dog hip brace depending on where the arthritis is located!

But I think it makes total sense that arthritis is causing your dog's limp!
 
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