Large dog breeds, those in the 60 to 90 pound weight category, are commonly affected by canine arthritis. As dogs reach their senior years, their arthritis worsens. It is painful to see dogs suffering from arthritis and here are a few tips in managing arthritis in dogs.
Tile floors and hardwood floors are notoriously slippery. These types of floor are difficult to manage for arthritic dogs. Once arthritis sets in, consider placing area rugs or carpets on the floor to help arthritic dogs avoid accidents. These anti-slip measures secure the dogs’ footing by preventing them from slipping and injuring themselves further.
Presence of arthritis in dogs requires that arthritic dogs be given a soft bed. But it cannot be just any soft bed. The bedding should be able to support the bones and joints for the dogs. It needs to be comfortable, too. Thin dogs, because of bony prominences, are more prone to experiencing pain while lying down on hard surfaces.
You can find different types of beds especially made for canines with arthritis. Some types are hammock style beds for dogs, waterbeds for dogs and dog beds with extra cushion.
Arthritis in dogs can be made less painful if the dogs have access to ramps and stairs. Jumping is not only a challenge it also causes pain in arthritic dogs. If the arthritic dogs are allowed to go up on furniture or need to climb stairs, ramps can be installed to make going up and coming down easier for them.
Sturdy cubes specially designed for dogs can be of great help to arthritic dogs who need to get in and out of the car. You can find ramps and dog stairs in pet shops and online.
Healthy meals and exercise are essential if arthritis in dogs is present. The joints suffer tremendously if dogs are overweight. Obese dogs bear the burden of arthritis the most. Consult with the vet what the arthritic dogs’ diet should be and how much exercise they need.
Foods high in Omega-3 fatty acids, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate can help alleviate symptoms stemming from arthritis in dogs. Dog food maker Purina manufactures the JM Joint Mobility dog food which can help to reduce symptoms of arthritis in dogs.
Sore joints tend to make formerly rambunctious dogs less patient and tolerant of playful humans and other pets. Lessen the physical and emotional stress on your dogs with arthritis by limiting their exposure to very physical activities and events.
Arthritis in dogs is difficult to live with especially if you love your pets and know that they are so used to being active. Bring your dogs to their veterinarian as often as needed. There are medications that your dogs’ vet will prescribe to suppress inflammation and lessen the pain.
Ask the vet if there are supplements your dogs can take specifically for their joint. Check with the vet what other suggestions he may have in dealing with arthritis in dogs. NSAIDS or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs are often used to treat arthritis in dogs.