As dogs get older, they become increasingly more susceptible to developing arthritis. It’s hard to watch our dogs suffer and struggle with painful joints that affect their daily life. Thankfully, there are some small changes you can make to give your arthritic dog a more comfortable life.
One of the most important things you can do to keep your arthritic dog comfortable is to carefully manage their weight. Excess weight puts more pressure on their joints, making them more likely to experience pain and have a difficult time getting around. Minding their diet and taking them for regular exercise is critical for a comfortable life.
When your pup is in pain, it can be tempting just to let them rest and take it as easy as they want. While they will likely be less excited about playtime and walks, these are absolutely necessary. Going on short walks or doing other activities that get your dog moving will actually help to keep their joints from becoming stiff and even more painful. You don’t need to overdo it, though. Choose short, low-impact exercise to keep your pooch happy and healthy.
After getting some exercise, your arthritic dog will need somewhere comfortable to rest. Basic, lumpy, and understuffed dog beds simply aren’t going to cut it when you have an arthritic dog. Investing in an orthopedic bed is necessary to allow your dog to have a comfortable place to relax and let their body recuperate after daily activity.
Make sure to have your pup checked by your vet regularly to keep tabs on the severity of their arthritis. If necessary, your dog will be prescribed pain medication, and it will likely be recommended that they take joint supplements. Staying on top of their medications will keep their joints lubricated with minimal pain, making it easier for them to do regular daily tasks and participate in light exercise.
An arthritic dog is going to be slower than normal and require more assistance when doing some activities. Be patient with your pup and let them go at the pace they’re comfortable with. This will keep them from overworking their joints and straining them, which could potentially cause more damage and pain.
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