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Guest Blog: 3 Great Ways To Help Dogs with Arthritis


Getting good rest on a good bed helps dogs with arthritis feel better.

Dogs with arthritis or hip dysplasia need our help. There are simple changes we can make to lessen their pain now and in the future. Here are 3 proactive and productive things you can do today:

1) Prevent Slipping

Slipping and sliding hurts when you have sore joints. Dogs in orthopedic pain often avoid slippery floors for just that reason. You’ll see them standing at doorways, hesitant to enter or going from carpet to carpet avoiding slick tile or hardwood. Slipping = pain.

  • Use nonskid carpet runners.
  • No more games in the house where he slips!
    • Instead of fetch, play catch.
    • Instead of chase me, teach him tricks.

2) Up Those Fatty Acids

Fatty acids improve mobility and are a powerful anti-inflammatory. Dogs who are creaky should take it daily. In fact, it’s good for all dogs (and us, too). Of course, there are a myriad of dog joint supplements out there. Here are the best best sorted by top ratings + free shipping (after you reach the minimum): Best Joint Supplements

3) Let Him Rest

We all heal when we rest. Your dog’s body will heal best in deep comfortable sleep. To provide that, do the following:

  • Let sleeping dogs lie. When he is asleep, make sure he is left alone. He needs deep, restorative sleep.

  • Get him an excellent orthopedic bed. They really can help. Not only do they provide the right combo of support and soft, but their firmness can help them get up more easily.

Making these three changes allows you to prevent soreness, gives the body needed support and allows for restorative sleep. Those will help your beloved dog be as comfortable as possible for as long as possible.

Have questions? Always consult your dog’s veterinarian on all health related issues. Have a question for me? Ask below.

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Author: Sarah

Sarah Wilson, Dog Expert, offers experienced-based dog info with humor. Author of 8 books, seen on PBS, Sarah knows all about dogs. {Pip} is her rescue dog.

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