As they get older, dogs may show signs and symptoms of aging like stiffness and slower movement. But stiffness is not only an effect of the aging process. Your dog could be developing osteoarthritis.
Osteoarthritis in dogs is a painful condition. Most dogs are good at hiding pain and you may not be aware of their discomfort. Many dogs will not cry out or yelp when they have chronic pain, but they may show other symptoms of distress like nervousness, depression and aggression.
There is a lot you can do to help your dog live a long, healthy and pain-free life.
- Exercise: Dogs with osteoarthritis should get their exercise frequently, but in small doses. A short walk several times a day is better than a long one, and do not be disappointed if your older dog cannotmanage a long hike during the weekend.
- Medication: Use medication to ease the pain of arthritis. Your vet can advise about the type of medicine that is best for your dog. It will often be a non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory medicine.
- Diet: A healthy, condition-specific dog food can definitely have a positive effect on your dog’s arthritis. A healthy weight prevents too much stress on the joints and it better for general health. There are diets that are specially formulated for dogs with arthritis.
- Supplements: Supplements for dogs with arthritis usually contain Glucosamine and Chondroitin to help the joints and some also contain anti-inflammatory herbs.
- Other treatments: There are other treatments available that may help your dog:
- Magnetic collars
- Osteopathic techniques
- Chiropractic techniques
Article source: Sussex Express