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What to Do For Dogs with Arthritis?

Arthritis is a common disease among dogs that causes stiffness, swelling and pain. This is actually known to be a degenerative or osteoarthritis joint disease. The joints which are somehow affected by arthritis include of the ankle, shoulder, knee, elbow and hips. The joints between the backbones vertebrae are also prone to arthritis.

How to Prevent Dog’s Arthritis?

Dogs’ arthritis is not as always preventable. Aging, inherited condition and inbred trait could potentially lead to arthritis in life regardless of the care it receives. However, there are some things you can do to reduce or slows down the impact of arthritis that are as follows:

  • While dogs are still at their puppy stage, try to feed them on a healthy diet. Help them obtain such a healthy and proper weight at all times.  If you don’t have any skills or knowledge on how to create the best diet plan for your dog, then seek for the assistance of a professional veterinarian.
  • Always keep your dog healthy and active at all times. Try to take it on a short walk or allow it to perform different pet exercises.
  • Make use of some ramps when necessary. Each time your dog land on a hard surface, expect that the joints will absorb it. This is the reason why you need to make use of ramps at all times.

How to Treat Arthritis in Dogs in a Natural Way?

Unfortunately, there are some supplements or medicines that could be taken by your dog to treat arthritis. But, not all dog owners these days have money to buy for these supplements. Well, you no longer need to worry anymore since there are already a lot of natural ways on how to treat arthritis in dogs:

  • Buy high quality mattress suitable for your dog. Be sure that your dog’s bedding is soft enough to cushion its joints every time it sleeps.
  • Give your dog a soft and gentle massage at all times. The best time to give it a massage is before and after playing, waking up the morning and also before going to bed.
  • Place food dishes, water bowls and toy boxes on the lower tables. You may as well raise such feeders. Try to place them slightly below your dog’s head level to avoid them from bending down.
  • Feed your dog a healthy diet like the omega-3 foods. These foods have been proven to be effective and safe in the reduction of joint inflammation.
  • Apply enough amount of heat on the joints affected. The heat will increase the circulation, lessen the pain and stimulate their muscles. You can make use of heating pads or even Jacuzzi style of warm bath for your dog.

These are only some of the best things you can do to treat your dogs’ arthritis. There are still a lot more of things you can do to help them survive such disease or to at least lessen the burden brought by this condition. For those who have no idea on how to do it, then it’s best to seek for an immediate assistance from professional veterinarians.