Learn How to Treat Joint Pain in Dogs
4 Ways to Improve Mobility In Joints and Hips to Extend Your Dog's Quality of life
Dogs are our best friends and truly a part of our family. And of course we only want the best for them throughout their lives. But sadly if a dog is in pain they don’t always know how to tell us.
What is Canine Arthritis?
Like humans, as dogs age their joints weaken. The cartilage that exists to facilitate movement becomes thinner resulting in bones having to painfully grind against each other. This will lead to inflammation and the condition known as arthritis can develop. Joint issues can be extremely uncomfortable, painful and even crippling for our dogs.
Symptoms of Joint Pain and Arthritis
- difficulty on stairs
- slow movement
- favoring one leg over another
- pronounced inflammation and swelling
- loss of interest in playing
Note: Your vet can provide suggestions on addressing the core issues behind the pain and how to best address arthritis. It is always best to consult your vet before medicating your dog so as to make sure you do not harm your dog. Take note of the frequency and dosage that applies for your dog.
Addressing Joint Pain and Arthritis
We’d do anything to help our dogs. Below we outline key lifestyle changes and actions which are recommended to address joint pain and arthritis in dogs.
PART 1: Manage Your Dogs Weight
First, helping your dog lose weight is one of the best ways to help manage arthritis and make your pup feel better. Obesity is common in dogs due, among other reasons, to the high caloric content of today’s dog food. You should be able to feel your dog’s ribs - if not it is likely they are too fat. Consult with your vet, consider new food options, and cut their intake by one quarter.
PART 2: Sleep Matters
Sleep is also an important factor. Arthritis can deprives your dog of much-needed sleep, so provide them with a warm, comfortable, soft, place to sleep. Cold aggravates joint pain be mindful of cold weather and air conditioning.
PART 3: Exercise and Walking
Be sure to provide your dog with light exercise to strengthen their joints and muscles regularly. Walking around will do them a world of good as long as you do not overdo it.
And lastly, your dog may benefit greatly from taking a daily supplement which contains glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM. These are the same ingredients commonly recommended to humans with arthritis and can help lubricate the joints and prevent bones from painfully grinding against each other. Learn more about G-Max Joint Support
At Paw Labs we love dogs as much as anyone. We created a potent blend of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM in our flagship product: G-Max Joint Support. This is more than just a product for us, its an effort to ensure our furry family members live long, healthy and happy lives.
As with any supplement, you'll want to check first with your vet and take note of the frequency and dosage that applies for your dog.
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