The killer disease has already taken its toll on many thousands of dogs indirectly and is continuing on its path without any obstacles. Dogs don't die directly from arthritis, but the severe adverse effect that the condition has on mobility means that the decision on euthanasia is often brought about prematurely because of the debilitating effects of the disease. Every now and then many wonderful, faithful dogs are losing their fair life due to the harmful effects of arthritis. The knees, bones and hip portion get adversely affected by it. Dogs who try to thwart the disease stagger for a few steps before flopping down in a heap. Owners of dogs are finding it difficult to bear and to see their loved one struggling to do the most basic activities in her life. It follows that if arthritis is treated effectively, a dog's life will be both more comfortable and longer. Arthritis (more correctly called osteoarthritis or "degenerative joint disease") is generally due simply to the wear-and-tear of normal daily activity on the different structures of the joints. Once the diagnosis of arthritis has been made, a treatment programmed is usually put together by your vet. There are three main ways to minimize the aches and pains. 1) Weight control. If a dog is carrying too much weight, this puts added stresses on the joints. These stresses cause a higher level of joint damage, and consequently more severe arthritis. 2) Exercise programme. Moderate exercise helps to keep stiff joints supple and mobile. The exact exercise requirements depend on the individual dog, but in general it should not be too strenuous. 3) Medication. Modern veterinary science has a number of different drugs which help to ease arthritis by relieving pain and improving the function of the joints.