Natural Ways to Relieve Dogs from Joint Pain
Guest Author – Craig Davis
Are you concerned about your dog not being able to walk as fast as he could before? Does he face problems while walking, or is he reluctant to climb stairs? If so, you should consult a veterinarian immediately, as your pet dog might be suffering from joint pain and arthritis. Arthritis is a very common ailment found in middle-aged and older dogs. According to some research, about 25% of dogs become affected by arthritis. As a dog owner, you should be prepared to combat this problem which your canine friend may become affected with as he grows older.
Symptoms of Arthritis in Dogs
Arthritis in dogs develops gradually with time. Although middle-aged or older dogs are the most common victims of this ailment, it can also happen in younger dogs, especially those who may have incurred sudden leg injuries from falling or slipping.
If your dog is experiencing joint pain, it will show some common symptoms that can give you an indication of the cause. Keep your dog under observation and check for these symptoms to detect if it is indeed arthritis:
- Slower movement
- Inability to walk faster
- Reluctance to play or run for a longer period
- Reluctance to climb stairs or jump on sofas like it used to
- Walking with a limp
- Spinal issues which may cause abnormal posture, such as a hunch in the back, signs of a sore neck, or lameness of one/ both hind legs.
- Joint pain, swelling, or stiffness around the joints
- Muscle atrophy in legs, or a leg that looks thinner than a normal leg.
If you notice any or all of these symptoms, take your dog to a veterinarian right away to ensure proper natural dog joint care.
Treatment for Joint Pain in Dogs
Your veterinarian will suggest some medication to treat your pet’s joint pain. Some vets may also suggest natural remedies to treat arthritis in dogs. Here are top 6 natural methods for dog joint care:
- Take your dog for a 45-60 minute walk twice every day.
- Try medicinal herbs with no side effects. After researching which are indicated, blend them into his food. You may also try homeopathic remedies to ensure proper joint care for your dog.
- Acupuncture works well in relieving pains in dogs, just as it does for humans. Acupuncture stimulates blood circulation and is a good option for dog joint treatment.
- Regular stretching and massages may do wonders for your pet, as they help reduce swelling of the affected joints and encourage healing.
- Swimming is another good exercise to try for dogs with joint problems, as it puts less stress on the joints while strengthening them simultaneously.
- Appropriate natural foods and nutritional supplements are highly recommended, as they can reduce inflammation and provide relief for joint pain.
Here’s how natural products in your dog’s diet can help with improved joint care for your dog:
- Glucosamine sulfate supplements help counteract the gradual deterioration of joints and help relieve a dog’s joint pains. Glucosamine works as an anti-inflammatory element and repairs damaged cartilage. Glucosamine is one of the most sought-after natural remedies for arthritis because of its ability to help joints to move better. Studies have proven that Glucosamine has a good effect on the structural damage caused by osteoarthritis. Note that glucosamine sulfate takes several months’ use to be effective, so don’t look for immediate results but rather a gradual improvement in mobility.
- Chondroitin sulfate is another natural substance that keeps cartilage healthy by blocking enzymes from degrading them. It helps draw water into the cartilage and relieves joint pain. Chondroitin sulfate is more effective when used in combination with glucosamine sulfate. Again, look for gradual improvement rather than immediate results from this supplement.
- Methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM, is a non-toxic, organic sulfur that is found in healthy foods like vegetables and fruits and helps in the formation of connective tissues in the body, maintaining normal cartilage and easing joint pain.
- Bromelain is an enzyme that helps to counteract inflammation and swelling, making it an effective solution for dog joint treatment.
- Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps in forming connective tissue and producing collagen. Most dogs do not need Vitamin C supplements but stressed dogs many benefit from Vitamin C in moderate doses. Be aware that an excess of this vitamin may cause diarrhea in your pet.
Proper treatment at the proper time reduces the risk of the debilitating effects of arthritis and other conditions which cause discomfort and lets your dog live a healthy life. If you own a dog and want to see it playing and running around, then by all means, leverage these natural approaches to dog joint treatment.
Natural Ways to Relieve Dogs from Joint Pain
Author’s Bio – Craig Davis:
Craig is the founder of Vet Organics, where he shares additional pet-related articles on the company’s blog. Vet Organics markets and produces their flagship product, EcoEars, along with a growing array of premium products dedicated to the health and wellness of pets.
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