Have you noticed your dog having difficulty when sitting or lying down? If over time your dog's ability to play, run, or get up has decreased, this could be a sign of poor joint health. Unfortunately, damage and erosion of joint cartilage can cause your dog painful joints and inflammation, making it difficult for your dog to lead a normal life. Read below for simple ways to help ease your dog's joint pain and make everyday movements a little easier.
Non-steroidal inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are commonly prescribed by many veterinarians to help ease joint pain associated with arthritis and after recent surgery.
Supplement your dog's diet with a vitamin supplement containing glucosamine and chondroitin. Glucosamine and chondroitin may help to promote joint support, protect joint cartilage, and alleviate pain.
Memory foam beds and heated pads are great for all dogs, but especially arthritic dogs because they contour to your dog's body and place extra support on pressure points.
At an early age, many dogs develop a bad habit of jumping up and down furniture, which can play a role in joint pain. Consider using dog stairs and pet ramps to help cushion your dog's joints as he or she climbs up onto furniture.