How to Care for Your Dog’s Arthritis

Have you noticed how your elderly pet dog has slowed down lately? If you’ve noticed that it’s getting difficult for him to walk or play with ease, and that he shrinks from physical activities, he might be suffering from arthritis. You have to ensure that the disease is detected early and treated without delay. It would be even better if you can prevent the onset of this painful ailment. Follow the tips given below to prevent, detect and treat arthritis in dogs.

Preventing Arthritis in Dogs
The first thing that you must remember is that it is impossible to prevent setting in of the age and its usual accompanists. The best you can do is following a healthy routine in order prevent the diseases that come with age and ensure good health of your canine.

1.      Control The Food Amount
Just like in the case of human beings, over eating and obese problems are prevalent in pets. Follow your pet’s diet chart carefully and avoid over feeding him. It can be hard to ignore your pet’s continuous pleas for treats, but you have to be strict with his diet so that he leads a healthy life. You can switch to pieces of carrots as treats as a good non-fat food item.

2.      Don’t Ignore Activity
Activity is very important to a pet’s health just as it is important for your health. Spend a considerable time every day playing with your pet or taking him out for a run. You can actually use this time to bond with your pet!

3.      Visit The Vet Regularly
A regular check by a professional vet is a good way of monitoring and curing the small problems that your pet suffers from with age. This will ensure his long-term fitness.

Recognizing Arthritis in Dogs
No matter how much care and love you shower your pet with, he will show signs of aging and arthritis in the long run. Early detection of the disease will ensure that you can start the treatment at the earliest so that your pet’s suffering is minimized. The usual signs of arthritis in pets include:

  • Limping
  • Sleeping more
  • Reluctance towards walking or standing
  • Decreased activity
  • Changes in attitude or behaviour
  • No interest in playing

At-Home Tips to Ease Arthritis in Dogs
While most people will ask you to visit a vet immediately and to buy a couple of dog supplies to make things easy for your arthritic dogs, there are also a number of at-home treatments that you can do for your little canine friend:

1.      Workout
Shedding the fat and excess weight will ensure that his joints are carrying lesser weight. Start taking him out for walks and making him run in order to shed the weight.

2.      Vitamins
Give him daily doses of pet vitamins containing glucosamine and chondroitin in order to ease his discomfort and pain resulting from arthritis.

3.      Omega 3 Fatty Acids
Omega 3 fatty acids are great for the joints as they act as anti-inflammatory agents. You can introduce this nutrient in your pet’s meal by mixing fish oil pills in his diet.

Remember that a timely and regular visit to the vet is the best way to prevent as well as detect and cure the problem of arthritis. You mustn’t delay going to the vet in case you see that you at-home remedies are not having the desired effects.

Guest blogger Lisa Lyttle is a work-at-home mom and owns two little poochs. Lyttle makes innovative yet cheap halloween costumes to make a living. You can click the link to check out adult animal halloween costumes made by her. 

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One Response to “How to Care for Your Dog’s Arthritis”

  1. dogarthritisdoctor Says:

    Great post you got here!

    Dog arthritis is really a painful disease that affects over 9 million dogs in the U.S. alone. I know how painful it is because I myself is arthritic. The sad thing is, unlike people, your dog may not exhibit any exterior signs that he is in great pain so almost always, it is diagnosed at its advanced stage already.

    Aside from the symptoms you mentioned, I might have to add licking or chewing on the affected areas.

    I apply the multi-modal therapy for my patients, or the use of a number of medicines and supplements together. Multi-modal therapy uses (usually) lower doses of more than one or two supplements and medicines which, when combined, improves effectiveness and reduces side effects. And of course, physical therapy/exercise should also be considered. Weight loss is also a big factor.

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