Is Dog Arthritis Affecting Your Pet?
Any dog can suffer from dog arthritis. The definition
of Arthritis is
"pain and stiffness in the joints"
Symptoms to look for:
- Your dog is moving more slowly
- Less Energy
- Limping or favoring one leg
- Restlessness, can't get comfortable
- Uncomfortable moving or reluctant to move
- Laying on concrete, concrete contains alot of moisture which will greatly
add to the chances of your dog getting arthritis or aggravating the condition.
(this includes interlock walks, driveways etc.)
- Excess Weight, overweight dogs have an increased chance of suffering from
arthritis as the additional weight puts more stress on their joints.
- Regular Exercise will keep your dogs muscles toned, joints functioning
and help keep their weight in check.
- If your dog is overweight, slimming him down is one of the best things you can
- Regular exercise keeps the muscles toned and retards the progression of arthritis, go on short
walks several times a day at your dogs pace.
- If they're outside pets please provide them with excellent shelter, particularly
out of the wind and rain in a nice comfortable, warm bed. Better yet let them
- Hard surfaces are hard on the joints, provide a nice soft bed.
- Applying heat provides comfort, a good idea is to use a warmed water bottle
twice daily on sore joints. There are also many other 'instant heat' products
available from sports stores.
- A gentle massage relieves discomfort, stay a few inches away from the sore
joints and you'll see the relief on their faces.
- You can build or purchase stands that will raise the height of their dinner
and water bowls, eliminating stressful neck pain.
- Building ramps to avoid unnecessary jumping is imperative, you can purchase
ramps for your car as well.
- Give your Dog buffered aspirin, dosage: 1/4 of a 325 mg tablet per 10 pounds
of dog, twice daily
I recommend you look at Winston's Joint Formula
at DogsHealth.com, it's a terrific alternative,
they use Human grade ingredients and it works!
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Veterinarians can prescribe medicines to help your
dog, but often they are temporary relief or
They can have a negative effect on your dogs energy,
appetite and mood.