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Maintain Your Aging Dog's Joint Health

Maintain your aging dog's joint health

Did you know that one out of every five dogs over the age of seven has joint problems? Just like humans, our aging dogs' joints suffer from wear and tear that comes with age. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to help relieve your senior dog's joint pain. Providing a supportive dog bed for your dog can help relieve his or her joint stress, and giving your dog a joint supplement can help stimulate joint cartilage. Glucosamine and chondroitin are common ingredients found in joint supplements that may help prevent further bone and joint damage in your dog and promote pain relief. Follow the steps below to help ease your aging dog's joint pain:

Provide a comfortable resting area

Is your aging dog sleeping on a cold, hard floor? This is not good for his or her joints. Consider giving your dog his own resting area. Memory foam orthopedic beds and heated pads provide a luxurious and comfortable surface that helps ease strain placed on your dog's joints.

Enhance your dog's diet with joint supplements

Supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin help maintain healthy joints. Add a supplement to your dog's diet in the form of a chewable tablet, capsule that can be sprinkled on your dog's food, or give him or her a treat to promote good joint health.

Max's Tip

For aging dogs in cold weather regions or in air conditioning, consider using pet sweaters to keep their muscles and joints warm.

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