Arthritis is an inflammation in the joints. It usually occurs in older dogs but can be found in younger dogs too. Symptoms usually associated with it are stiffness, pain, and loss of flexibility.
Arthritis in dogs is most common over the age of 10 for most breeds. Large breeds tend to have a higher risk. There are signs that your dog is beginning the onset of arthritis. You will begin to notice your dogs with a slight limp and trouble getting up after lying down. We have found this is more pronounced in the early morning rise and a day after a long walk and a lot of exercise. This is the best time to start treating the symptoms and hopefully ease the pain in your dog.

Solutions for Arthritis in Dogs:

It’s tough to see your pet in pain. But there are solutions that can help ease the pain and stiffness.

Supplements:
There are a few supplements on the market that have been shown to improve arthritic conditions. They main anti-inflammatory for dogs is fish oil or omega 3 oils. These omega 3 fatty acids are great for inflammation and help to lubricate the joints.

Lose Weight:
If your dog is overweight, losing a few pounds can do wonders for arthritis and their overall health. Try reducing their food consumption or reducing the amount of treats they receive. Make sure they get daily exercise.

Change Diets:
Unfortunately most dog foods found today are cheap, grain and byproduct pebbles, some would call dog food. We are firm believers that your pets should be on meat and vegetable diets, mainly meats. Dogs have been bred from and are originally from wolves. Wolves do not eat grains. They are mainly carnivorous creatures. Why would we now feed them grains? The answer is because it’s easy, cheap and convenient.

Please do your own further research on this topic. I will challenge you try feeding your pet an all meat and vegetable dog food or even better a raw meat diet. Try it for 30 days and see the results for yourself.

Dog Aspirin:
This is my least favorite option and would only use it if it was absolutely necessary. Dog Aspirin can be used for temporary pain relief. I would only use this short term and use the above options in conjunction. Once they begin to feel better, stop the aspirin immediately.

Treating Arthritis in Your Dog

Treating Arthritis in Your Dog

As always, consult with your veterinarian before adding or removing anything from your pet’s diet. Your veterinarian knows your dog better than we do. Also, continue to do research on your own. Challenge anything that may not sit well with you. Don’t take everything you read or hear for its word.

We wish you nothing but the best with your loving pet’s health! Let them live a happy, healthy and fulfilled life!