Do you notice your dog hesitating to climb up stairs? Do they lag behind on walks? Does your pup ever limp? These are all signs that your fur baby could be suffering from joint pain.
Arthritis from old age is a common cause of joint pain and stiffness. This is due to the natural wear and tare the joints face throughout your dog’s life. Arthritis can affect the hips, knees, shoulders and elbows and causes the cartilage in the joint to deteriorate and the fluid that lubricates the joints loses its effectiveness, reducing mobility of the bones. Common symptoms of arthritis in dogs are decrease in playing, hesitation to climb the stairs or walk, yelping when touched, licking of the joints, mood changes, and limpness. Joint pain can also be caused by injury, infection, or immune disease, so always consult a veterinarian if you notice any problems and consider adding in a natural joint support chew into your dogs routine.
If you know your dog is suffering from joint pain, there’s many things you can do to help. Here are our top 4 ways to alleviate joint pain:
1. Manage their weight: Make sure your dog is at a good weight for his or her size so there isn’t any unnecessary pressure on the joints which can make the pain worse.
2. Exercise: Regular controlled exercise such as swimming or walking is beneficial to dogs with arthritis because it keeps the joints moving and muscles working. Avoid uncontrolled exercise such as running or chasing balls which can cause permanent damage to the joints.
3. Create an easy environment for your pet to be in: Make sure your pup has a place to stay warm as the cold can worsen joint pain. Install ramps to allow your dog to avoid stairs and make sure he or she has a big comfy bed with extra padding to rest their sore joints on.
4. Try our Hip and Joint Chews: Our chews help dogs with hip and joint aches and inflammation. Ingredients such as glucosamine which is naturally found in the fluid around joints, helps with pain from arthritis. MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, is a natural compound with many healing properties such as alleviating arthritis symptoms by reducing pain and stiffness, speeds recovery after exercise by reducing muscle damage, decreases joint pain, and reduces inflammation. Other ingredients include dried yucca extract which is used to help aide osteoarthritis, inflammation, and poor circulation, and ascorbic Acid which aids in the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.
Don’t let your pet suffer from joint pain! Try our Hip and Joint Chews and give your pup some much deserved relief from aching joints.