Walking now becomes difficult, getting up on the couch becomes a struggle, lying down is a challenge, these are all dog arthritis symptoms. Below are some tips for managing arthritis in your dog.
You are what you eat and so is your dog. Feeding your dog quality food will help to give them the vitamins and minerals that will help to keep their joints healthy. Foods that have eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3 fatty acid are good because they help to reduce inflammation.
Dog arthritis pain relief can come from maintaining a healthy weight. Exercise will help for this and also to keep the joints mobile. Two to three short walks per day is enough. If your dog likes to swim this is the least impact on the joints.
Dog Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSN and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) an omega-3 fatty acid are great supplements to reduce inflammation. Chinese herbs may be recommended from alternative veterinary practitioners if your dog is having acupuncture. They can work together to alleviate pain and inflammation.
Alternative veterinary practitioners can administer acupuncture to your dog which may help to alleviate pain and increase mobility.
Many arthritic dogs enjoy a massage. It helps to stimulate blood flow and relieve pain. Look for a certified canine massage therapist.
Your dog can have physical rehabilitation. Large physical rehabilitation centers often work on animals. Types of therapy include underwater treadmills, ultrasound therapy and electrical stimulation. The same techniques used on humans are used on canines which include cold and heat, massage, stretching and range of motion exercises. Canine physical therapy can relieve pain and promote cartilage, tendon and ligament health.
A therapeutic laser can stimulate blood flow to tissues and help improve arthritic conditions.
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