Just like people, (older) dogs can also suffer from my dog has osteoarthritis. The cartilage between the joints becomes rougher and thinner in this condition so that the bones no longer slide smoothly over each other. As a result, your dog will become stiffer and pain may arise. Fortunately, there are things you can do to reduce these symptoms.
Keep your dog moving
Even though your dog may have less energy, it’s important to keep it moving. Overloading should be avoided, so rather take longer walks per day than one or two long ones. Swimming is also a very good way of exercising for dogs with osteoarthritis. In the water, the bodyweight does not press on the joints.
Keep your dog on / gain weight
Overweight dogs are more likely to have osteoarthritis. And once your four-legged friend suffers from it, you can imagine that it is not pleasant to have to carry those extra pounds on painful joints. It even worsens the osteoarthritis; the cartilage wears out even faster.
Overweight arises because more energy is absorbed than consumed. So you will need to feed your dog less and get more exercise. Special food is available for dogs with osteoarthritis. This food contains fish oil, which reduces arthrosis and inhibits formation. Ask your vet about this.
For starters, you can give your dog pain medications. Some people fear that because of the pain decreasing, a dog will overload its joints. But vets indicate that this is not the case. And you also want your faithful friend to be able to live as pain-free as possible? In addition, your vet can prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs.
In an NSAID (Non-steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs), pain relief and anti-inflammatory are combined. There are also various products on the market that contain glucosamine, a substance that can repair cartilage and has an anti-inflammatory effect.
Physio, hydro and laser therapy
An animal physiotherapist can help establish a training schedule for your dog. With such a scheme, muscles are trained that absorb unexpected movements. This relieves the affected joints. Your four-legged friend can also benefit from hydrotherapy, which involves walking on a treadmill in water. Laser therapy can reduce pain and inflammation. Photobiostimulation stimulates the self-healing capacity of cells.
Wellness for your dog!
It may sound a bit crazy: massaging your dog. But he will thank you! Massage improves the circulation of the skin, connective tissue, and muscles, reduces pain and also has a relaxing effect. Make it a moment for the two of you and watch your dog enjoy it.