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Dog Arthritis: Those Aching Bones Need Relief, Too!
Old Aching Bones: Arthritis & The Older Dog
Just like in humans, arthritis is one of the most common ailments in an aging dog and can make the advanced years of their lives incredibly uncomfortable. The good news . . . there is relief. Yep, there are steps you can take to ease the discomfort brought on by canine arthritis.
You'll find some helpful tips here along with a list of resources . . .
Common Signs of Arthritis In Dogs
Much like hip dysplasia, simple arthritis can be a difficult thing for your dog to deal with. It causes joint pain, slowness and stiffness.
You can make a pretty good guess whether or not your dog has arthritis if any combination of these factors exists:
- Is he older?
- Does he seem to move slowly when getting up or trying to climb stairs?
- When you play, does he or she seem to peter out faster than usual?
- Is he particularly fatigued after a walk or run?
- Is he or she slow to get up in the morning and seem stiff when getting out of bed or off the floor?
These Aching Bones Need Relief, Too.
What You Can Do To Provide Arthritis Pain Relief . . .
- Vet Check-Ups
- Talk to your vet. Take your dog for regualr check-ups. The Vet can prescibe medications that can help reduce symptoms like stiffness and joint pain.
- Healthy, Balanced Diet:
- Make sure that your older dog has a healthy diet full of vitamins and minerals. This will help to keep the body healthy and reduce any possibility of further degeneration. Always consult a Vet for direction on the types and amounts of supplements your dog should have.
- Appropriate Exercise:
- Long walks can put more strain on the joints and cause more pain. so consider taking shorter walks twice a day or better yet, take your older dog swimming instead. Swimming is the perfect exercise for an dog with arthritis. The water supports his or her weight and works with the joints as well as strengthening them. Your older dog should still have an active exercise regime, but it should be gentler.
- Sleeping Comfort:
- Re-think where your dog's sleeping arrangments. Is it currently outside in the cold or in a drafty part of the house? Remember, cooler weather makes arthritis worse for the sufferer. Provide a nice warm place for sleeping. You should also re-consider the TYPE of dog bed you have for your pooch. Look into getting an
- orthopedic dog bed.
- They come in various sizes and are specifially designed to provide the right kind of support for achey joints.
- Be Understanding:
- Just like humans, dogs with arthritis will have good days and bads days. In other words, sometimes your dog will feel great and other times the stiffness and joint pain will be too bothersome. So cut her some slack and adjust your plans with your pooch accordingly.
Arthritis in dogs is a serious ailment but can be controlled by following these tips. You can give your beloved companion a better quality of life . . . after all, she's worth it!