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Loss of flexibility, swelling and inflammation of the joints and less graceful movements.

Affected Rats should be kept comfortable with soft bedding.

The term arthritis describes a particular symptom  and literally means inflammation (itis) of a joint (arthro), and affects surrounding tissues including tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Arthritis effects can range from minimal pain, stiffness, and joint swelling to deformity of the joints, crippling and total disability.

Because arthritis is commonly believed to be incurable, the standard medical treatment has been to treat symptoms by prescribing medications such as non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs. Unfortunately these medications have side effects that inhibit cartilage repair. This actually accelerates cartilage destruction and worsens the condition.

The best treatments for arthritis can be obtained by seeking professional veterinary advice. Additional to vet medications, it is believed that a drop of cod liver oil added to the food on a daily basis can help alleviate the symptoms, also flax seed or omega 3 oils are said to have a similar effect. Omega-3 fatty acids help keep white blood cells from producing substances that cause swelling.

Glucosamine is a supplement that provides essential nutrients which are diminished when arthritis occurs, substances that keep the joints lubricated and the cartilage intact. These substances are normally found in the body anyway and don’t appear to have potentially toxic components.

It is generally recommended to avoid inflammatory foods such as: