As we age, it's hard to avoid the aches and pains of arthritis and other joint or circulation issues - and life is no different for our dogs. To ensure they maintain their mobility, wellbeing and joy-filled days, there are a variety of products you can try to alleviate pain and put a spring back in your old pup's step.
The Ups and Downs
It's hard for old bodies to get up and down. Thank goodness for products that make these daily transitions easier on our pups. Products such as the full body and rear lift harnesses can certainly help, especially when it comes to getting your dog up from a sleeping position. And there is no question that a indoor ramp, whether alongside the couch or your bed, will greatly assist a pet with painful joint issues. Similarly, a ramp for your vehicle will greatly assist larger dogs from getting on board and exiting on their own.
A Place to Rest
Getting your pet a bed with a memory foam mattress will add to his overall comfort. Many pet bed manufacturers now include memory foam sheets or a memory foam gel in their mattresses, giving your pup a soft place to rest achy joints. There is also a selection of therapeutic pads that can be placed on top of any bed that will improve the comfort level of an arthritic pet by adding additional cushion. There are self-warming pads, magnetic pads and pads filled with charcoal that are said to have properties that improve circulation, and, all are designed to help reduce pain and discomfort - definitely worth checking out!
A Spoonful of Sugar
There are a lot of supplements containing glucosamine, chondroitin and other minerals that have been proven to help aleviate the symptoms of arthritis. And many plant-based products recommended for joint issues are available in both pill and powder form to sprinkle on food. Many are also available in treat form which no doubt will have much more canine appeal!
Many veterinarians are now also recommending therapies such as acupuncture, chiropractics and various forms of therapeutic massage to help with joint pain and circulation issues. Water therapy is also becoming very popular. Be sure to ask your veterinarian for advice about some of these alternative therapies. Many offer such treatments in house or can make recommendations.
There are also prescription medications and herbal remedies that can help and this is something that should be discussed with a veterinarian when your dog goes for an annual wellness check-up, or a senior dog blood panel appointment.
When the furry love of your life starts to slow down, it's nice to know there are so many options available to help alleviate pain, increase mobility and make sure your pup is never left behind. Happy adventures!