The DhohOo team wants every four-pawed friend to live a safe and healthy life. That's why we publish essential tips and tricks for pet owners to help them keep their pets happy and healthy.
Many dogs suffer from some sort of pain or inflammation throughout their lives. According to some reports, as many as 20% of all dogs face joint pain at some point in their lives. As a dog owner, this can be a stressful time as you try to figure out how you can make life better for your suffering canine friend.
Thankfully, arthritis in dogs can be treated and managed at home with the help of some natural and medical treatments.
As a responsible owner, you should have knowledge about treating dog joint pain, even if your dog does not suffer from it currently. You need to be prepared in case a problem as common as this ever shows up.
Signs of Joint Pain in Dogs
There are a few glaring symptoms we can identify when our dog is feeling joint pain. If you notice these signs of joint pain, you should immediately schedule a vet visit. They will conduct a thorough medical examination and give you advice on treating dog joint pain.
Here are a few signs you need to look out for:
- Limping: you may notice your doggie limping or holding one of its paws off the ground.
- Snappy behavior: a dog that’s in constant pain may be in a bad mood and will often snap at you when you pet it.
- Spinal problems: these can be apparent from their posture. Keeping their head up straight might cause pain, so they will often hunch/raise their back and lower their tail and head.
- Reluctance to climb stairs: this is often a telltale sign of arthritis in dogs. The dog will stop climbing the couch or any other jumping movements.
- Loss of interest: you may gradually start to notice that your dog becomes less interested in everyday activities and even games like fetch.
- Muscle Loss:dogs who suffer from joint pain will do less exercise, and you'll see a deterioration in their muscle mass.
These six signs of joint pain are often clear indicators that something is wrong. They may not always indicate a case of arthritis or joint pain, but you should visit the vet sooner rather than later.
Joint pain is usually a problem in elderly dogs and larger breeds. Like the Rottweilers, some breeds are predisposed to joint issues, so you'll have to take extra care if your dog is one of these breeds.
Treating Dog Joint Pain at Home
Each case of joint pain will be different, and only your vet can advise you on the specific medicines or medical procedures that your dog would need. However, this doesn't mean that there aren't some things you can do at home to help your canine buddy feel better.
Arthritis in Dogs-Proof Your home
The first step to treating dog joint pain at home is to make it comfortable and safe for them to live in. Dogs suffering from joint problems will be anxious to walk on slippery floors like tile or hardwood because they fear they could fall. You can add nonslip rugs and mats around your house to keep your dog from slipping and make it feel safer.
Make sure that their beds are able to support them. Orthopedic dog beds will be low on the ground and specifically designed to help control their joint pain.
Additionally, you should block off any stairways in the house by using pet gates to make sure your dog stays safe when you’re not watching over it.
Physical Therapy and Light Exercise
As physical activity gets more difficult, your dog will stop playing and exercising. However, this can do more harm than good. Muscle degeneration can occur, and joint pain can actually get worse as your dog’s body loses fitness.
We recommend incorporating low-impact and non-weight-bearing exercises that will cause minimal stress on their joints. Swimming is an excellent option for dog owners as an exercise that can promote mobility and keep your dog’s muscles healthy to protect their joints.
Physical therapy and massage can provide significant relief from arthritis pain. Talk to your veterinarian about contacting a certified animal physical therapist. Massages can help promote blood circulation and improve your pooch’s flexibility.
Weight management is vital in treating dog joint pain. Obesity causes an increased burden on your dog’s joint and will worsen the pain they’re already suffering from.
You can talk to your vet about the best diet to use. Generally, the aim is to fix the balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation, while omega-6 fats trigger it. The issue is that most diets are high in omega-6 fats and low in omega-3s. Feeding your dog fish or phytoplankton can help increase their omega-3 intake.
Cannabidiol (CBD) has become quite popular for treating anxiety and pain. CBD works by helping the mind and body relax. Many owners have reported positive results in using CBD in canines suffering from arthritis.
Traditional pain medications can have side effects and can be harmful in long term use. CBD is a natural product that dog owners can use to soothe inflammation and pain, while also boosting their dog's immune system! CBD creams and balms are usually the go-to products for joint problems.
This article should never be a substitute for medical examination and advice. Never try to self-diagnose your dog at home. Schedule a visit to the vet as soon as you notice any worrying signs of joint pain.
Once your dog has been properly diagnosed, you can use the tips in this article to give your pooch the best life that it deserves.
Stay safe and stay healthy!