Is your dog suffering from arthritis? Here, five ways to help you relieve their pain.
Dogs are not immune to arthritis. Much like their human counterparts, they're prone to limping and acute discomfort when suffering from this disease.
Unfortunately, arthritis is almost inevitable in dogs, especially certain breeds that are already predisposed to hip and joint pains. But if you keep them contented and follow any treatments prescribed by the veterinarian, they can enjoy relative comfort in their final years.
So, what can you do that will help ease their pain? Consider these recommendations.
1. Diet change
This may seem unnecessary, but poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of arthritic problems in dogs. Like humans, dogs require a well-balanced diet. However, many dog food formulas lack two key components that are essential for arthritic pups—glucosamine and chondroitin.
These nutrients promote healthy bones and joints, so if they're absent from your dog's diet, he may suffer greater than normal arthritis pain.
By switching your dog's diet to a kibble formula that includes these two essential ingredients, you'll help relieve his pain and strengthen his joints.
Large breed dogs, and other dogs prone to hip and elbow dysplasia, should eat kibble with glucosamine and chondroitin, regardless of their age or medical history.
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