What is Arthritis?
Arthritis can affect any joint in your dogs body, but the most common spots are hips, elbows, knees, wrists, shoulders, ankles and lower back.
Here are some signs to watch for:
- Stiffness, especially after resting
- A struggle to get up from a sitting or laying position
- Depression or other changes in personality
- Whining due to pain
- Reluctance to jump or be active
- Walking slowly or limping
- May have accidents in the house
What You Can Do at Home
With vet approval, supplements such as Glucosamine with MSM for dogs and Chondroitin may help to strengthen bones. Some pet parents are finding CBD is easing pain.
Give your dog a comfortable place to rest or sleep. A firm ortho bed will aid in getting up easier. Make sure his bed has a rubberized bottom to prevent slipping on hard surface floors when he tries to get up. I know first hand how hard it was to see my Apollo try to get up after resting. It made me cry. Once we took him to his vet, his life was better with the meds prescribed for his pain. We had to keep an eye on his kidneys however, becasue of side effects of the meds.
If our dogs could only talk and tell us how they are feeling, we would know better how to care for them when they are not well. Since we only have body language as a guide, it is important to understand their body signals to better understand them.