As we all get older, our bodies often begin to express the wear and tear we’ve experienced through the years. The same is true for our pets. In fact, a common problem for aging dogs is joint pain which can develop into arthritis when cartilage begins to degrade due to overuse, strain or injury. Don’t wait for your dog to get older to think about their joint health. There are five proactive steps (bulleted below) that you can practice with your puppy/young dog in the effort to delay/minimize the effects of aging on your pet’s joints.
- Be aware and cautious of over exercise: running on hard surfaces and jumping up too high or from higher spots and landing. All that force takes a toll on the joints. Utilize pet steps or a footstool, so your pet isn’t leaping up or down.
- Present your dog with only the healthiest of foods and talk with your vet about a supplement to address your dog’s needs. Some dog breeds are more prone to joint problems than others. With Corgis, we have to be mindful of back and hip concerns given their longer bodies and shorter legs. Scamp, our Corgi, receives a fish oil supplement with his breakfast. Fish oil or some other source of Omega 3 is helpful in counteracting inflammation and joint swelling/discomfort. Our vet also recommended Synovi G-4 for Scamp which is a supplement that supports joint function, flexibility and strengthens joint cartilage. This supplement is a soft chew that I just crumble and place in his dinner.
- Provide adequate exercise for your pet. As with humans, a body in motion stays in motion. Low-impact exercise (walks, swimming) will aid in keeping joints healthy and limber while helping to maintain a healthy weight. A win-win for both your dog and you!
- Be mindful of a healthy weight as added weight places added stress and strain on joints. The prior listed precautions including your dog’s diet and exercise will only aid in your maintenance efforts.
- Last, but not least, do provide your precious pup with a comfortable place to rest his weary bones (and joints!) after a day of adventure and discovery.
*Typical signs of joint pain: difficulty rising after resting/sleeping, limping, reluctance to climb stairs and little interest in play/exercise. Should you observe any of these behaviors with your pet, please seek a veterinarian’s care right away.
~ Thanks for taking some time out of your day to visit us at Corgi Bliss. Until next time, I wish you happy days filled with puppy cuddles. Love them well as you are their world. God bless