This is a guest post from our friends at Vet Depot. These are great tips for dealing with arthritic pets. If you have an arthritic dog please be sure to check out our orthopedic dog beds.
Arthritis is a painful condition characterized by inflammation of the joints. Joint pain affects almost all dogs to some degree as they age. Below are a few tips to help dog owners keep their faithful companions as mobile and comfortable as possible into their later years.
Make an Appointment to Visit your Vet
Before beginning any sort of treatment plan, a veterinarian will need to examine your dog, take note of any symptoms and will likely do x-rays or other diagnostic testing. Although there is no cure for arthritis, your pet's veterinarian can make recommendations for medications and lifestyle changes to help treat the symptoms associated with the disease and increase your canine companion's comfort level.
Be Mindful of Extra Pounds
Overweight dogs are at a higher risk for developing joint pain and arthritis due to excess strain on the joints. If your dog has gained a few extra pounds, discuss a diet plan with your veterinarian to help get the weight off. Daily activity is also important in preventing those extra pounds from creeping up on your pup.
Try a Supplement
Over-the-counter supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin can help protect against joint damage and repair cartilage. Dasuquin and Glyco-Flex are two popular canine joint supplements that are well tolerated and quickly act to improve symptoms associated with joint pain.
Provide Comfortable Bedding
Dogs with arthritis have more trouble getting comfortable so that they can get some rest. Make sure there is a soft pet bed in each of the rooms your pooch likes to hang out in. Also, consider an orthopedic dog bed for extra support.
Encourage Physical Activity
Daily activity can enhance your dog's flexibility and strengthen muscles and ligaments, allowing for greater mobility. Be mindful that arthritic pets may move slower than they used to and may need some assistance. Speak with your dog's veterinarian about the best way to incorporate daily exercise into your pet's routine.
Understand your Dog's Pain
Perhaps the most important tip when dealing with canine joint pain is to be understanding and patient. An arthritic pet may start to move more slowly and become less tolerant of noise and changes in routine, so try to adapt the best you can to your lovable pet's needs.
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