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There are many common health problems humans share with dogs. Arthritis is one of these and if you have a dog with this issue there is help available for an arthritic dog. In the following article we will go over a few things you can do to provide a better environment and reveal to those who has such a canine there is in fact help available for an arthritic dog.
One cause of arthritis is an inflammation of or swelling of your dog’s joints. The causes can range from old age to poor nutrition leading to underdevelopment of the ligaments, tendons, and bones. Just as people are subject to the painful condition of arthritis, so are animals including our beloved pet dogs. The help available for an arthritic dog is very similar to what humans use to relieve their arthritis. Medications are very useful as well as providing a good balance of vitamins and nutrients for “rebuilding” the cushioning tendons between the joints.
Things we can do at home to help ease this condition for our dog include taking your dog for a swim. This is a low impact exercise that works the joints in a smooth motion without any weight being put on the joints. If possible have your dog swim in warm water so the muscles, tendons and cartilage in the joints are warm and flexible. The blood will be warmer increasing blood flow to all areas of the dog’s body for a good lubrication of the joints. This is also a great way for over-weight dogs who suffer from arthritis to have a great aerobic workout and lose weight. The more weight an overweight dog loses the less stress his or her arthritic joints have to bear.
Cover tiled and polished hardwood floors with large nonskid area rugs to prevent the dog slipping and aggravating the condition. This is easy to do and your dog will be able to move through your home safely.
Change the bed your dog sleeps in. Use a softer cushion so there is more support and less strain on the joints when the dog rests. Check out the beds available for arthritic dogs as they are the best option.
Keep your dog well groomed because the pain associated with arthritis limits the dog’s ability to groom their selves properly.
The help available for an arthritic dog is out there for those who seek it out. Always consult your vet for suggestions and possible medications to help ease the pain. As the picture accompanying this article shows, wheels can be provided for arthritic dogs whose joints have caused immobility.
Do you have an arthritic dog? Please share your tips and advice with our readers.