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How to help a dog with arthritis

Arthritis in older dogs is often a result of a happy and active life. Arthritis causes inflammation or swelling in the joints

How to help a dog with arthritis

Arthritis in older dogs is often a result of a happy and active life. Arthritis causes inflammation or swelling in the joints, which can be painful for your elderly furry friend. Arthritis can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication, dietary supplements and chondro-protective agents. There are also several other things you can do to help your arthritic dog be more comfortable.

Control weight and diet

Joints with arthritis deteriorate more quickly in overweight dogs. Losing weight takes some of the strain off bones and joints. Special diets can also help relieve arthritic symptoms. Some of the ingredients that help are omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulphate.

Offer a soft bed

A nice soft bed to retreat to, will support your dog’s joints and bones. This is also very important for thin dogs, whose bones might otherwise rub uncomfortably on hard surfaces. Some pet stores sell beds made especially for dogs with arthritis.

Install ramps, cubes and slip-free flooring

Senior dogs can have a hard time dealing with stairs, hardwood and tile floors. Ramps and cubes are available to help your dog climb stairs and get up or down from sofas. By placing rugs or carpets over slippery floors, your dog will also be much steadier on his legs. Offer some soothing medication. Your vet may prescribe non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to decrease inflammation and pain. Chondro-protective agents such as Cartrophen help the body to repair cartilage and stimulate its function. Speak to your vet about whether these treatments are right for your dog.

Exercise and massage

Think of all the times your faithful friend has helped you feel better- it's time to repay the favour. A good massage can help your dog with mobility, flexibility, circulation and relaxation. There are even professional pet massage therapists, who can pamper your elderly pal. Even with arthritis, exercise every day is important to strengthen muscles and ligaments and reduce the risk of injury.

Make time for Grooming

Arthritic dogs can't clean themselves as well, especially in those hard to reach areas. As such a senior dog should be groomed even more often than a young one. Brush your dog's hair regularly to get rid of mats and tangles and remember to be gentle and kind at all times.

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Got a pet health question?

If you have a question on anything from parasites to pet health, ask us we don't bite!

Call The Advantage Pet Care Line on 1800 678 368.

Advocate for Dogs

Advocate not only treats parasite infections, but monthly treatment can help protect your dog against fleas, heartworm and gastrointestinal worms. Treats
Fleas, Mites, Lice, Worms

Obesity

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Ensure your pet doesn’t get unhealthily overweight.