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Efficient Ways to Help With Dog Arthritis

There are many efficient ways to help an arthritic dog. But first, what comes into your mind when you hear about arthritis in dogs? When pet parents come across the term arthritic dog, what comes into most minds is a senior dog. But that is not always the case. Arthritis does not only happen in old dogs because signs and symptoms actually begin to show up by the time your furbaby turns a year old.

So yes, unfortunately, your furbaby is at risk of experiencing arthritis but that must not mean he can no longer run, jump or play. Here, we've come up with a list of the important things to do in case your furbaby becomes an arthritic dog.

Arthritis in Dogs

Arthritis in dogs is an inflammation of the joints, which causes pain and discomfort. If your dog has arthritis, their cartilage becomes damaged, making it less smooth and causing the bones in the joints to rub against each other. According to The Kennel Club, this rubbing can be uncomfortable and can cause damage to cartilage even more. As a direct result of this increased friction in bones, a new bone forms around the joint, making it stiffer and more difficult for your furbaby to move.

Proper Management of Dog Arthritis

When your furbaby is going through pain, the key to helping him feel better is by making him feel comfortable. Here are a few things you can do to lessen his everyday pain:

"Arthritis does not only happen in old dogs because signs and symptoms begin to show up by the time your furbaby turns a year old."

Take him to the vet regularly. When it comes to dog arthritis treatment, your vet knows best. Taking your dog to the vet for regular check ups is necessary to know the cause and in which level of pain your dog's arthritis belongs to. Proper diagnosis leads to the right dog arthritis treatment plan for your furbaby. Some cases of arthritis in dogs can be treated with anti-inflammatory medication to decrease inflammation and pain. Some cases, too, can be treated with dietary supplements to help the body repair cartilage and stimulate its function.

Regular Exercise

An active life is a healthy life. Your arthritic dog must live an active life full of walking, running, and playing because this will keep them slim and fit, and thus will help in decreasing the weight load on the joints. Staying active is good for your arthritic dog but in moderation. Make sure you monitor what they are doing and make sure they are doing their activities on soft surfaces to avoid further traumas to the joints and/or injuries.

Make sure you monitor how much exercise your dog is getting and try to use soft surfaces to avoid further traumas to the joints and/or injuries.

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Keep Your Dog Warm and Dry

Damp places and cold weather can worsen your furbaby's arthritis. Always make sure he stays warm and dry at all times. You can consider providing him a comfortable padded and thick bed and perform hot compresses every night. It is best if you consider providing them with Pawtect® Blankets. These are waterproof blankets that are made with the softest, comfiest fur faux fabric that serves as comfort blanket for your furbaby. These Pawtect® Blankets will help keep your dog comfortable and warm during cold days.

Hip & Joint Supplements 

There are Hip & Joint SoftSupps® that are a must for your arthritic dog. Supplements containing Glucosamine and chondroitin can help in improving better joint mobility and support better joint functioning for fur babies going through arthritis. But remember that hip and joint supplements for dogs are exactly what they are - supplemental. They only help in the medical management of diseases and are not meant to stand alone as treatment.

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Pet Parents® Hip & Joint SoftSupps® contain glucosamine for dogs with PurforMSM®, one of the purest forms of MSM out there and may help maintain cushion between joints to help support overall mobility and joint stress recovery. These supplement chews also contain Balanced Kollagen® that provides premium support for mobility.

Control Diet and Weight

Dogs with arthritis need to keep a healthy weight. Losing weight takes some of the pressure off your dog’s bones and joints. It’s also good if you provide your dog with diets that have omega-3 fatty acids that can help relieve arthritic pain. You may also give your dog with supplements that contain them, like Pet Parents® Skin & Coat SoftSupps®. These are supplement chews contain Epax®, a world leader in Omega-3 & a pure form of fish oil that is rich in EPA & DHA.

But remember that hip and joint supplements for dogs are exactly what they are - supplemental. They only help in the medical management of diseases and are not meant to stand alone as treatment.

Arthritis doesn't go away overnight and some may need life-long treatment and management. But know that there are efficient ways to make your furbaby's life still enjoyable. Know, too, that your arthritic dog's life will be a little less painful with you by his side.

"Supplements containing glucosamine and chondroitin can help in improving better joint mobility and support better joint function."