Just like with us, your dog goes through a lot of wear and tear over the years. This can cause your dog to move more slowly and may begin to struggle to stand and also walk. These changes usually progress over time and may not be that apparent at first.
Signs Of An Older Dog Having Trouble Walking
Loss Of Strength - you may visibly see a loss of muscle mass in your dog.
Unusual gait - your dog stands awkwardly and walks in an unusual manner.
Loss of endurance - your dog begins to tire quickly, for example on a walk.
Issues with balance
My Old Dog Is Having Trouble Walking, Why?
How To Help Your Dog's Mobility
- Physical therapy for dogs - Your dog can have physical rehabilitation from a center specifically for animals, however large physical rehabilitation centers for humans 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.
- Healthy diet - make sure your dog has a balanced diet designed for older dogs. A healthy diet will help keep your dog at a healthy weight. This will avoid any undue stress on their joints which can cause more issues with their mobility.
- Joint supplements - there are different supplements and even medications for older dog's joints. Dog glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are some of the most commonly used.
Dog wheelchair - exercise is important to keep your dog's weight down, help maintain mobility and muscle mass. These are not just for paralyzed dogs, but a dog cart for rear legs can benefit a dog that has full use of their back legs. If your dog is having more difficulty on certain days, this would be the most appropriate time to use a dog wheelchair. Another time would be if you want to take your dog on a longer walk or a stroll along the beach.
About The Author
Performance Dog Wheelchairs wants you to know that physical limitations are not the end to mobility. Our purpose is to give others and their dogs the ability to seek new adventures and overcome physical challenges with one of our dog wheelchairs. We have small, medium and big dog wheelchairs.
We offer a front support dog wheelchair which is also referred to as a dog quad wheelchair or four wheel dog cart, a rear support dog wheelchair and the patented SitGo Dog Pet Wheelchair. This is the only affordable dog wheelchair that allows your dog to go from standing to sitting without having to remove it.