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|03-25-2013, 08:34 AM||#1|
♥ Love My Tibbe! ♥
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: D/FW, Texas
ARTHRITIS! HOW TO Help Your Dog With Arthritis!
Found this on the i Love Dogs website! It is a good article about arthritis in dogs. I couldn't find an author's name for the article on the webpage but still think it is worth the read.
HOW TO Help Your Dog With Arthritis | Shop i Love Dogs
Dogs with arthritis are suffering from inflammation of the joints. The most common type of dog arthritis is osteoarthritis, where the cartilage that cushions joints wears down and bones rub against each other. The friction can damage the bones themselves.
Arthritis in dogs may not be apparent right away, since animals can’t complain about the pain. When a dog first gets arthritis, she may start avoiding activities she used to enjoy or become agitated when touched. She may get depressed, change eating habits or become grumpy.
These symptoms may also indicate other problems, such as certain cancers or cognitive dysfunction. For this reason, it’s important to have your dog examined by a veterinarian.
The veterinarian will test the dog to see what type of arthritis she has. Sometimes a bacterial infection inside a joint or an autoimmune disorder can cause arthritis. Hip or elbow dysplasia can cause arthritis but can be treated surgically.
Veterinarians stress that pet parents shouldn’t try to medicate their four-legged companions on their own. Human anti-inflammatory drugs and supplements can be dangerous to animals.
After diagnosis, veterinarians can determine the best course of treatment. It could be steroids, anti-inflammatory drugs, operations, dietary supplements, acupuncture or massage.
Taylor Truitt, a veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist, advises pet parents to feed their canine family members supplements of glucosamine and chondroitin, such as i Love Dogs Glucosamine & Chondroitin with Green Tea and Reishi. Chondroitin is found in cartilage, and the body produces glucosamine. Both can increase the sponginess and elasticity of cartilage which helps the dog’s mobility, Truitt said.
Arthritis can be treated but is permanent, and pet parents must take steps to help their furry companions cope, such as making alterations around the home to make it easier for the dog to move around.
You can also take the following steps to help your arthritic dog:
* Give your dog a padded surface in a warm, draft-free spot to cushion her joints where she sits and sleeps.
* Groom your dog regularly since she has lost her flexibility and can’t stretch as much to scratch
* Your dog might stumble on slippery floors. Make floors safer by applying a non-skid runner, available at most home improvement and hardware stores.
* Ramps will make it easier for your dog to get on the couch, porch, etc. and keep her from jumping. You can construct one from a sheet of heavy plywood lined with carpeting. Made sure both ends are completely secured and the angle isn’t too steep.
* Your dog may try to climb the stairs even though she’s stiff. Supervise her when she’s doing this to make sure she doesn’t fall and hurt himself.
* A homemade sling of thick durable fabric can help support the weight of a large dog as she moves. Slip the sling under her chest and hold one end in each hand. Pull the ends to help her stand and get her balance.
* Warmth can soothe a sore dog while she sleeps. Wrap a hot water bottle in towels and place it in your dog’s bed.
* An arthritic dog needs to avoid strenuous exercise that could damage her joints. But light exercise is good for strengthening muscles, maintaining weight, keeping ligaments and tendons flexible, and circulating blood to stiff joints. If your dog is reluctant to move, entice her with an incentive such as a treat-filled Kong toy. Make these easy workouts enjoyable with lots of affection and maybe a healthy treat afterward.
* A healthy diet and weight management are also important to dogs suffering from arthritis because extra pounds increase stress on joints.
Consult with your veterinarian to determine the best ways to make life more comfortable for your dog.
Click here to order i Love Dogs Glucosamine & Chondroitin with Green Tea and Reishi today.
Jeanie and Tibbe
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