Joints and Arthritis

Senior Dogs & Dogs with Limited Mobility- Joints and Arthritis

 

Tips to help an older dog, or one with limited mobility.

Around the House

  1. Make sure that their bed is in a warm place, and with lots of padding and cushioning to protect their joints.
  2. If you have slippery floors, put down non-skid mats or runners, and keep their nails short. Long nails can cause slipping because your dog does not have a proper full padded grip on the ground.
  3. Use ramps to access furniture, steps and the car.
  4. Raise their bowl up off from the floor, so that they do not have to bend to eat.
  5. If they are particularly sore, block their access to stairs to prevent injury.
  6. If they have become too stiff to take themselves out to the toilet, there are products designed to help.
  7. Sore dogs are often bored dogs. Unable to run around and sniff any more, they can end up over-grooming just to pass the time. Get some good quality interactive toys to keep them busy
  8. There are many supplements that will help with joint health and well being. Most come in powder or chew forms that can be used as a treat or sprinkled over their dinner. Look for a product that contains glucosamine and chondroitin. These two ingredients are clinically proven to reduce inflammation.
  9. Keeping them up and moving strengthens their muscles and stabilises their joints. Swimming is a great, impact free sport. Use a lifejacket, as they don’t have the mobility or stamina of a younger dog.
  10. Feed them a good quality, complete food designed for joint health.
  11. Massage your dogs lower back, and back hips as often as you can to help increase blood flow and lessen the effect of spinal degeneration.
  12. If you believe your dog to be in pain, please see your vet.

For more advice and assistance on specific, joint care products, please see one of our store team members.