The following are 5 Ways You Can Help Your Dog Fight Against Arthritis
Low Impact Exercise
This doesn’t mean that your dog should do hours of swimming every day, but a limited time swimming on a couple of days a week will keep the muscles healthy and help the joints as well.
Change the Diet
If you don’t already follow a diet for your pet which is high in joint protection ………..then you should look into it. No matter their age it is never too early to think about building their joint health up.
Many brands of dog food advertise to help with joint and muscle health, find the one that suits your dog and stick with it.
It pays to find out, maybe form the vets, what your dogs ideal weight is. At his ideal weight you will decrease the stress on the joints, and as fat is a source of inflammation in the joints it will help this as well.
Keep Your Dog Warmer & Make His Bed Softer
As with humans dogs get worse arthritic pain when they are colder so keeping your dog warmer, especially in winter will pay dividends.
You may consider a pet sweater, or a basket with higher sides to stop drafts, or maybe one of the many variations of memory foam dog beds that are on the market now. It is also a good idea, as we do at our house, to put an old bed quilt under the dog basket, and also to put one under his/her favorite rug. Just makes life that bit more comfortable as they grow older.
You can either perform a gentle massage on your pet or bring in one of the many mobile pet treatment services that are around now.
Massage will increase your dogs flexibility and circulation in the joints. It will also make him/her feel a lot better.
Helping them to keep doing the things they have done all their lives will increase their sense of well being
You can either use your DIY skills to create some help for your dog, or visit a pet store where you should be able to find a multitude of options to help out. These things don’t have to cost a fortune, and everyone will benefit from all those extra cuddles you will both get.
When you get to a stage where these home help ideas are not giving you and your dog the benefits you need then it may be time for you to look at some alternatives and get some dog arthritis medication.
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