3 Ways to Support Your Dog with Arthritis
According to The Arthritis Foundation, one in five dogs suffers with arthritis. If your dog favors a leg, is hesitant to run or jump or otherwise seems to be “slowing down”. It could be due to stiff and cranky joints.
While arthritis is a “catch all” term for a variety of medical conditions including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, inflamed and stiff joints are the major characteristics.
You might notice your dog favoring a leg, limping or showing reluctance to do things he once loved (like jumping in the air for a Frisbee). These can be signals your pet is hurting and it’s time for a checkup.
If your vet has diagnosed arthritis as the cause, here are some ways to manage it.
3 Ways to Manage Arthritis and Help Your Pet Feel Less Stiff
1—Exercise — Exercise makes the muscles around the joint stronger by working them. It also lubricates them because exercise releases synovial fluid. Synovial fluid has kind of a funny name but it’s nourishing, thick liquid that lubricates the joints and helps them get needed nutrients.
According to the Mayo Clinic, not exercising can actually make arthritis worse. The lack of movement will increase the stiffness of the joints and make them ache more.
2—Supplements such as omega 3 fish oil and glucosomine chondroitin may help relieve joint pain. Omega 3 fish oil is a natural inflammatory so it can reduce swelling around joints so they feel less tender.
Found in and around cartilage glucosomine and chondroitin are natural substances that keep joints healthy. However, dogs with arthritis experience a breakdown in this cartilage which leads to the joint pain and stiffness associated with arthritis.
Your veterinarian can make supplement recommendations for your pet.
3—Physical support – All dogs with arthritis benefit from this suspender system. You clip it on to your pet’s collar and connect the ends to dog boots.
The suspenders give your pet a “Big Lift” and support around the joints which can help them pick up their legs easier. All dogs are able to walk farther faster and with less pain when they use the Snuggy Boots Suspender System.
In fact, combining all three ways will make a huge difference in your pet’s mobility and reduction in joint pain. Your pet is worth it.