Dog Joint Problems
Getting older is a reality for people and pets. For older dogs, joint pain and joint problems can be devastating to quality of life and interfere with normal bodily functions, including sitting, squatting, running and laying down.
4 Tips to Help Joint Pain in Dogs
At King Bio, we know “older” does not have to equate to “lamer,” so we recommend being proactive about your pet’s joint health. You can start by focusing on 4 main areas:
Climate. Although some dogs have furry coats, this does not mean they are built to sustain cold temperatures for long periods of time, especially if they have joint problems. When temperatures drop to freezing level, be sure to bring your pet indoors or provide a warm, dry area for them to escape the elements.
Diet. Many major-brand dog foods are lacking in nutrition and contain more fillers and carbohydrates than vitamins, minerals and proteins essential to a healthy canine diet. Luckily, there are other brands available in most pet stores that contain all of the necessary ingredients to keep your dog healthy and happy. You can also make your own dog food if you have the time and resources. Imagine it this way: If you were sick and striving to feel better, would you want junk food or a bowl of fresh, hot, homemade soup?
Exercise. It is not wise to over-exercise your dog, especially while they are very young (before one year) or aged (this varies between breeds). As puppies, joints, bones and muscles need time to properly develop, and too much exercise can hinder that process. As seniors, moderate exercise is always best, so joints are not strained. Imagine it this way: If you work out and overextend on a particular exercise, it can result in a pulled muscle. The same can happen to a dog, so watch out for injury signals from your pup, like limping, whining and resistance to certain movements. If injured, let them rest until fully healed.
Medicines. Some dogs may need additional vitamins, minerals or supplements like glucosamine to maintain their joint health. Be sure to check with your veterinarian before starting your dog on a new regimen. Also, research brands before you purchase – some joint supplements for dogs are better than others. If your dog is showing signs of pain, don’t wait to address the symptoms. There are natural options for joint pain, including our homeopathic medicine Muscle, Joint & Arthritis. This product provides symptomatic relief from hip, joint, and back pain; inflammation; stiffness; swelling associated with injuries or arthritis pain; lameness; difficulty rising or climbing stairs; limping; and weak hind legs.