How To Treat The Pain Of Arthritis In DogsMay 1, 2017
Find relief for your dog’s arthritis
Arthritis is the most common health problem among older dogs. Luckily for your canine, there are a few things you can do to help lessen the pain and discomfort of those sore joints. Read on!
Relieving the Pain
At Home. A warm, cozy bed will be much appreciated by your dog’s joints; some beds are specially made for dogs with arthritis. Padded steps or a ramp will also aid to get in or out of the bed, or yoga mats can do the job on slippery surfaces. Warm compresses can also be soothing to sore joints.
Muscular massages. It can do wonders to stimulate blood flow in those muscles in decline. You can also consult a certified canine massage therapist who can share with you some good everyday techniques.
Supplements. Along with a rich diet in omega-3 fatty acids (think fish oil), increased levels of glucosamine and chondroitin offer advanced hip and joint protection while hindering their deterioration. Look at your pet’s every day diet; some senior dog foods already include these supplements!
Medication. When arthritis is diagnosed by a vet after a personalized assessment, canines are usually given NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) which is typically very effective in relieving the pain rather quickly. Tramadol (analgesic) is also a safe alternative if your dog cannot take NSAIDs.
It is crucial to consult your vet before giving or switching any medications as it can make your dog very sick.
Exercise. Exercise should always be a part of your dog’s health routine, regardless of his age or the extent of his arthritis.
Injections. Polysulfated glycosaminoglycan, or PSGAG induces the production of cartilage the body needs to assist in repairing its own tissues. They are very effective and safe, but somewhat expensive.
Add-ons. Cold laser treatment also helps to stimulate blood flow, thus improving arthritic symptoms. Some acupuncture and physiotherapy is also available in some areas.
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