Symptoms of arthritis in dogs include:
· Slowing down on walks
· Low energy
· Reluctance to jump or go up stairs
· Swollen joints
If any of the above symptoms sound familiar, then it would be worth booking an appointment at the vets to discover the cause.
There are multiple reasons for your dog developing arthritis:
· Normal wear and tear
· Abnormally shaped bones or cartilage
Unfortunately for some dogs, it is inevitable that they will struggle with arthritis at some point in their lives, as it may be down to genetics such as being born with abnormally shaped joints. For others, the cause may be down to wear and tear of the joints, which is often accelerated by injuries earlier in their life.
Whilst for some dog’s arthritis is inevitable, prevention is the best solution out there to ensure your dog has a healthy arthritis free life. Three recommended things to do are:
· Weight control
· Regular exercise
· Good quality food
By providing your dog with controlled portions that are high in nutrients it should allow them to maintain a healthy weight and joints. Regular exercise will also assist in keeping them slim but also help build vital muscles that can take the stress off their joints.
Treatment for your dog’s arthritis can include both medical and home care solutions, including our HempGold Hemp Oil for dogs.
Medical solutions include:
· Pain relief
· Joint Supplements
Pain relief drugs will help reduce swelling and pain and can often allow your dog to lead a more normal life, while supplements may be recommended by your vet to assist in managing the condition. In severe cases, surgery may be recommended to try and fix or replace the joint.
Homecare solutions include:
· Covering slippery floors in your house with mats or carpet
· Regular short walks
· Comfortable beds
· Keeping your dog’s joints warm
An ideal combination is to ensure your dog is comfortable when they are not moving while also making sure they are still active to an extent to prevent the joints from becoming too stiff. Warmth is great at soothing inflamed joints, so a comfy bed with a blanket or heat pad under the bed should work well. Covering any slippery floors inside should reduce the strain on your dogs’ joints, prevent further injury and give them the confidence to be active still throughout the day.