01 December 2015 ~ 0 Comments

Soothe Your Small Dog’s Aching Joints

A simple massage can help relieve your dog's joint pain this Winter. Photo courtesy Save-A-Pet Adoption Center , Flickr Follow Me on Pinterest

A simple massage can help relieve your dog’s joint pain this Winter. Photo courtesy Save-A-Pet Adoption Center , Flickr

“My hips hurt today. Woof!”

When the weather turns colder our fur babies could start to experience more discomfort and pain in their legs and hips. But there are several ways to help soothe your small dog’s aching joints this Winter. Use these tips to get them moving again.

Soothe Your Small Dog’s Aching Joints

Does your dog no longer bound up the steps? Does he appear stiff in the morning or perhaps even limps? If so, there’s a good chance your dog has arthritis, also called osteoarthritis or degenerative bone disease. The Arthritis Founadation conservatively reports one in five dogs suffer from this chronic joint pain condition. The good news is there are ways you can make your dog more comfortable.

 

Step 1
Schedule an appointment with your vet. She can determine if your dog’s stiffness or reluctance to play is in fact a symptom of joint pain, and not a torn ligament or even cancer. They can also advise if your dog ought to be on pain medication.

 

Step 2
Lose the extra weight. Dogs, like people, have a tendency to pack on some extra pounds as they age. This extra weight puts considerable added strain on already sore joints. Your dog will be happier—and healthier—at his optimal weight. Read more about Dogs and Joint Health in How to Soothe Your Dog’s Achy Joints here.

Sometimes it just takes some massage techniques and rest to help soothe your small dog’s aching joints. If their condition persists or worsens your veterinarian will be able to help you find remedies such as a lower fat diet and joint supplements.

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