6. Make Dietary Changes
A good diet is important for your dog, irrespective of whether or not he is suffering from arthritis.
There are many natural foods rich in anti-inflammatory properties that you can add to your dog’s diet to provide relief from arthritis pain and inflammation. A good diet will also help minimize excess body fat that can strain joints and bones, causing even more discomfort.
Some natural foods that you can include in your dog’s diet are sweet potatoes, fatty fish like salmon and tuna, turmeric, ginger (in small amounts), papaya, blueberries, celery and coconut oil, to name a few.
7. Use Supplements
There are many dietary supplements that you can consider giving to your pet to ease arthritis pain and improve flexibility. Some recommended supplements include:
- Omega-3 fatty acids, which can help reduce pain as a result of reduced joint inflammation.
- Glucosamine and chondroitin, which are very effective joint supplements that help joints make new cartilage and repair the damage in an arthritic joint.
- Green-lipped mussel extract (GLME), a cartilage-repairing supplement specifically designed for pets.
- Vitamin C and E supplements.
When giving a supplement, always work with your veterinarian to determine which joint supplements are best for your pet. It is also important to follow your vet’s advice on how to give a supplement for best results.
8. Make Your Dog Comfortable
You must take some extra care to make your dog comfortable. As much as possible, keep your dog warm and dry. Cold and damp conditions can worsen the pain.
Heat can help soothe painful joints, so putting a heating pad on the achy joints for 10 minutes can help a lot.
Also, when your dog sleeps, put a warm blanket over his body. Consider investing in a padded dog bed or look for store-bought heating options available for pets.
- Take your dog for regular checkups so your veterinarian can monitor the arthritis and make necessary adjustments to the treatment plan.
- Disease-modifying osteoarthritis drugs can help a lot in managing arthritis symptoms in dogs. Always talk to your vet before giving your dog any medication.
- If your dog’s arthritis is advanced, surgery may be an option. Ask your vet about whether surgery could help.
- Dogs with arthritis should not be encouraged to jump or run around excessively.
- Provide a low-stress environment and plenty of affection to help your dog feel better.
- Use ramps to help your dog get in and out of a car or up on a bed.
- Use carpets and secure rugs to help your pet get traction as he walks.
- Acupuncture is also beneficial for animals suffering from arthritis.