It’s interesting when you look at a website’s stats. On this site, one of my most popular posts is an infographic about keeping dogs and cats cool in the summer. I agree I learned something from it when I was asked if I would publish it on my blog, and I even share some information from it with friends! My boxer is currently 9.5 years old, and I can tell that his hip is bothering him somewhat. I’ve tried a variety of things, including anti-inflammatory medicine. But what I decided to do now is try to walk him every single day and work on increasing how far we walk. So, when I saw this article in my inbox, I knew I wanted to publish it. 1. Pets seem important to my blog readers and social media contacts and 2.  My own dog could use some of this advice. So, here we go…

While joint problems usually occur later in your dog’s life, there are some alignment issues that can speed up the process. If you would like to give your dog the quality of life they deserve, it is important that you learn how to deal with joint and mobility issues. For a dog, sitting on the bed all day is not fun, so you will have to do everything you can to get them out there and help them get active, relieve the pain, and make the most out of your time together. Below ,you will find a few tips on making your dog’s life better.

Get Them Checked Out

If your dog is limping or is struggling to walk, chances are that they have a joint misalignment that was not diagnosed when they were a puppy. If they were in the rescue center and you don’t know much about their history, chances are that an old injury is causing them trouble. Some dogs who are confined to small places or are left ill and not moving about will also develop issues. Take them to the vet and find out the underlying cause.

Change Their Diet

In some cases, getting your dogs a better diet and more meat and protein will help with their mobility. If you have a rescue dog, they probably had a very bad diet that impacted their health. There is some special dog food for joint problems that will help you keep your four-legged dog active and happy. Talk to a professional dog dietitian to find out whether improving their diet will help.

Get Effective Pain Killers

In some cases, you simply can’t deal with the cause without an operation or an intrusive treatment. If you would like to give your dog the best life possible, you have to treat the symptoms first. If pain is preventing your dog from moving about, you should get a subscription medication from your local vet to treat it, so you can exercise together.

Home Remedies

There are, of course, some home remedies designed for treating dog joint problems and pain. From anti-inflammatory herbs to glucosamine supplements for dogs , there are plenty of ways you can ease the pain and distress without getting your friend reliant on long-term medication.

Stay Active

If you would like to keep your dog healthy, you will need to make sure that they get enough exercise. Even if they don’t want to go out, you will need to work with your vet to find a safe way to coax them and start an exercise program. If they struggle with the steps, carry them down or get them a doggy lift, but don’t neglect walks. The more your dog’s joints are exercised the better chance they will have for healing.  

Dealing with a dog who is clearly in pain and has mobility issues can be challenging and heartbreaking. Make sure that you get a professional assessment and find out more about the underlying cause of the pain, so you can find the right treatment option. No matter how hard it is for you and your dog, you can help him or her to live a good, active life. 

 

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2 thoughts on “Joint Issues in Pets and How to Deal With Them

  1. Believe it or not, my rescue dog (a Pekingese-poodle mix) is on a joint supplement and he’s not yet 3 years old. He has front leg knee deformities and had a pricey surgery before he was a year old. Now he takes MovoFlex. He didn’t do well on other supplements but this one has helped alleviate pain.

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