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* Reduce Excess Weight
Extra weight on a dog puts extra pressure on joints and causes more pain and swelling. Begin by reducing amount of treats given, cut back a bit on food, and provide a lower fat diet for your dog. Exercising is also important. If possible, take your dog out for several shorter 10 to 15 minute walks each day rather than going for one long walk. Another great strategy is to take your dog swimming. They’ll get exercise without stressing joints. A bathtub works well for very small dogs. However, if your dog is a landlubber and hates water don’t push issue.
* Keep Your Dog Warm and Cozy on Cold, Damp Days
Set up a soft bed or some layers of fleece in area where your dog normally sleeps. If your dog usually stays outside, then provide an insulated dog house with soft bedding on floor. Be sure doorway is somewhat sheltered and facing away from wind. Better yet, bring them inside when it’s cold and/or wet.
* Apply Moist Heat
Apply a hot water bottle with warm water or use a towel soaked in warm water that’s been wrung out to your dog’s aching joints. Moist heat penetrates deeply and provides welcomed relief. Do not use a heating pad as it may get too hot for dog and burn them especially if your dog has limited mobility - they may not be able to get up and move away from a pad that is too hot.
* Raise Your Dog’s Food and Water Dish
If your pet has arthritis in their neck or shoulders, consider raising their food and water bowls so they don’t have to bend their head down to eat.
* Give Your Pet a Massage
Don’t we all love to have sore muscles rubbed? Gently rub around affected joint and massage surrounding muscles. This gentle kneading and heat from your hands should ease some of pain.
* Use a Ramp For The Stairs
If your dog has a hard time going up and down stairs, think about buying or making a ramp that can be laid over stairs so your dog can more easily maneuver them. This is especially useful for when they need to go outside to “do their thing” or are required to jump into a truck for a trip to vet.
Additional alternatives include herbal and homeopathic products, acupressure, acupuncture, and chiropractic care. Safer and often just as effective, these are just some of things that you can do at home for your dog to give them relief from arthritic pain.
Is your dog sick and getting sicker by the day? Are you searching for answers & alternative solutions to your dog's health care problems? Rose Smith is the owner of Caring for Canines, a web site that focuses on holistic approaches to dog health issues. Visit us at http://www.caringforcanines.com