5 Things to Help Relieve Your Dog’s Arthritis 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. Here, ways to ease the pain.
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.
2. Natural supplements
If you’re uncomfortable with the thought of changing your dog’s diet, or if your pet suffers from a sensitive stomach or food-related allergies, consider giving him natural supplements.
Natural glucosamine and chondroitin supplements will provide your dog with the dosage he needs for his body weight to maintain its healthy joints and prevent further arthritic development.
You can find supplements at health food stores, specialty pet shops or online. There are multiple forms they can come in, including pills, powders, liquids and chewable tablets.
Consult your veterinarian before giving your dog natural supplements.
3. Massage therapy
This is an incredible healing tool! Canine massage therapy is growing in popularity, and for good reason. Much like humans, deep-tissue massage therapy helps relax the joints and muscles while relieving stiffness, tension and chronic pain.
Finding a canine massage therapist for your dog could change in his life.
Ask your veterinarian for references and do research online to find registered canine massage therapists in your area.
4. Gentle exercise
Regardless of your dog’s age, or the severity of his arthritis, he’ll need some form of exercise. Gentle activities, like a leisurely walk or a nice swim, will help keep their joints moving properly, preventing them from becoming too stiff.
By exercising your pup regularly and tailoring the activities to his abilities, you’ll promote health and happiness.
5. Memory foam beds
A memory foam bed may sound a little extreme but, for most dogs suffering from arthritis, it’s absolutely necessary.
When humans are suffering from joint, muscle and back pain it’s often recommended they purchase a memory foam bed and pillows to help ease the discomfort. These beds have many healing properties for humans—and their dogs!
The benefits include temperature regulation, natural spine alignment, daily pain relief, minimal movement, cell regeneration and allergen-fighting properties.
Allowing your dog with a good night’s sleep will “add years to his life, and life to his years.”
If you think your dog is suffering from arthritic or joint pains, contact your veterinarian.
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