As with humans, a lifetime of wear and tear can have a negative effect on dogs’ joints. As dogs get older, it’s important to pay attention to their joint health. Healthy joints help dogs live active lives. Here are some ways to help support joint health.
- Encourage activity: Being inactive can harm joint health. Active dogs are less likely to develop joint problems.
- Maintain a healthy weight: Being overweight puts extra strain on joints.
- Feed them special dog food: There are brands of dog food out there that have joint supporting nutrients added to their food. Consult with a veterinarian first to see if this is needed before switching.
- Supplements: There are specially made joint supplements for dogs. Just like the above, consult a veterinarian first before adding them to your pets’ diets.
Finally, if you believe that your pet is experiencing joint issues, bring him or her in for a checkup. We can examine your dog and see what could potentially be causing the pain. From there, we can give specific advice on how to best manage your pet’s condition.