Keeping your canine’s joint health a top priority can help prevent and alleviate arthritic pain and discomfort. Scheduling bi-annual visits to the vet can help you promote long lasting joint health in your pup, and it will also allow you to identify problems before they become serious.
Is your Dog feeling ‘Ruff’?
Pairing a balanced, healthy diet with preventative medications is advised by most veterinarians. If you notice your dog’s quality of mobility has decreased, keep a journal that details specific symptoms your dog has and when they occur. The journal will help you isolate any activities or events that precipitate the pain and will help you provide more information to your dog’s veterinarian.
Keeping meal and snack times healthy is one of the number one ways to promote a long, pain free life for your pet. There are several different types of dog food containing glucosamine and chondroitin. Look for specialty brands catering to specific health needs, i.e., “joint health,” for dogs. You can also hide a veterinarian recommended vitamin in a healthy snack for added protection.
Stretch and Fetch
An active lifestyle is beneficial to your pet for many reasons, and joint health is no exception. At least 30 minutes of exercise a day is recommended by most veterinarians. Choose an activity that your dog loves, such as swimming, playing in the yard, going for a walk, visiting your local dog park, or a quick game of fetch.
Shih tzu Shiatsu
Giving your fur baby a little rub here and there can reduce joint stress and alleviate pain. Gently rubbing around the soreness has been known to help reduce pain in sore joints and promote relaxation.
Lightly squeezing on your pup’s pressure points is a sure fire way to give your favorite co-pilot some relief. By gently massaging the Achilles heel, you are in turn relaxing the reactive nerves causing the pain.
Prescription medications are often helpful, but it is important to be aware of any side effects your pup could experience. Natural herbal remedies can help supplement or replace some of the prescription medications that your dog may be taking to relieve joint pain. Glucosamine and chondroitin pills can be given to your dog by hiding them in peanut butter or in another of their favorite treats. The same pills that adults take will work for your pet too, so you can pick up this remedy at your local pharmacy or grocery store!