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Joint Care for Senior Dogs

Joint care for senior dogs

Joint pain and arthritis are problems that older people often suffer from, and your aging dog does too. For this reason, it is important to recognize the signs of, and know how to prevent or ease your dog's joint pain. Sixty percent of dogs in the United States suffer from hip dysplasia or arthritis, and if your dog is one of them, this can seriously diminish your dog's quality of life. A number of products are available to help your dog live a longer and happier life with less joint discomfort. Senior dog supplements and ramps can help make life easier for your dog and help improve mobility. If your dog appears to be suffering, speak with your veterinarian to determine if prescription pain medication is needed.

Give your dog joint supplements

As your dog ages, years of wear and tear to joint cartilage may cause issues such as limping and decreased energy levels. Giving your dog joint supplements containing glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM can help promote healthy joints to maintain your dog's active lifestyle. Below are a few of our top-rated joint supplements for dogs. In addition, there are supplements, like Super Joint Enhancer Soft Chews, that your dog will love to eat and will take as a treat.

Consider using ramps or steps for better mobility

Even senior dogs like jumping on sofas, chairs, tables, and other pieces of furniture. This can sometimes take its toll on your dog's joints. If your dog has a favorite part of the sofa to sit on, then you can help ease the pressure with Dog Steps with 3 Steps. Rubber grips prevent your dog from slipping, and the steps come in a number of colors such as cocoa, sage, and tan. Some dogs may need to be trained to use this. If you take your dog out with you often, a carpeted ramp can help your dog get in and out of your vehicle. It is easy to store due to its folding ability and the carpet is detachable to faciliate cleaning. Larger dogs can use the Deluxe Large Dog Ramp.

Relieve your dog's pain with medication

Your veterinarian can prescribe pain relievers to help ease your dog's pain. Chewable tablets such as Rimadyl and Previcox are easy to administer, since they are flavored and can be given with or without food. Note: These medications have potential side effects, which can be discussed with your veterinarian.

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If your dog is in severe pain, your veterinarian may need to prescribe a stronger treatment.

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