Dog arthritis can cause your dog to miss out on the fun things in life he used to enjoy so much. The good news is, According to Dr. Lisa Lancaster of Dogs Naturally Magazine
, there are safe and effective ways to ease the pain without having to resort to drugs and medications. Arthritis is a degenerative disease. Relieving pain and slowing the progression are what you should focus on.
About Dog Arthritis
Osteoarthritis is a painful joint condition that may cause your dog to feel sore and stiff. Dogs that have arthritis tend to have restrictions on their activities. Jumping in the car or climbing the stairs may become very difficult for them. His desire to play may decrease, and he may not have as good an appetite or may be depressed.
Inflammation is a part of a dog having arthritis. Inflammation is how the body naturally responds to injury or infection. In the most common form of dog arthritis, damage to joint cartilage occurs. Inflammation naturally happens in response to this, as they body is attempting to heal the cartilage.
Canine obesity furthers the cartilage damage because there is an excess force on the joints. If an obese dog can lose weight during the early stages of arthritis, the disease may be able to be stopped altogether. Restricting calories, changing dog foods, increasing exercise or a combination of these factors may help your dog lose weight.
Supplementing with Fish Oil
The Omega 3’s present in fish oil are as beneficial for your dog as they are for you. Fish oil allows additional health benefits, in addition to improving the function of your dog’s joints. Other helpful supplements for your dog include chondroitin and glucosamine.
Going Grain Free
Many veterinarians believe that dog foods that have a minimum amount of grains in them are best. A meat-based diet is high in protein and good for an arthritic dog.
Acupuncture can increase the mobility of your dog’s joints. This simple insertion of needles allows bloodflow to be improved, relaxing tight muscles. In turn, the dog’s joints move better. Acupuncture is also helpful as a way to control pain, which can provide as a helpful alternative to medication.
When your dog gets in the water, his joints are able to move more freely. Hydrotherapy is a great way to improve the mobility of your dog as well as reduce pain. Physical therapy is another option. A canine physical therapist can help design a treatment plan that includes stretching and exercises.
When performed by a certified practitioner, canine massage is much more than just a belly rub. It can be of great benefit to an arthritic dog.
Modifying Their Environment
A ramp is a helpful tool for an arthritic dog to get in and out of the car. Laying down a carpet runner over hardwood floors will help your dog walk more securely.
A softer bed, or a raised canvas bed may feel good to your arthritic dog. Having a good bedding area is important so that the dog is able to rest peacefully.
Nobody wants to see their dog in pain. However, don’t despair if your dog has arthritis. As mentioned, there are several things you can do to help relieve pain and improve their overall quality of life.