As a furparent, it’s pretty sure that one of your ultimate goals is to prolong the years you’ll spend with your dog. You wanted to see them through to old age, keeping them healthy and enjoying their doggy life. However, one of the biggest challenges they’ll face in old age is joint stiffness and loss of mobility. They will most likely have difficulty with common activities. Something we do not want to witness as much as possible. The more use of their joints will mean more possible injuries and joint-related problems like osteoarthritis. Gather up proper information, consider expertise of veterinary professionals and learn for yourself the ways on how to keep dog’s joints healthy and young.
Start with proper exercise. It cannot be stressed enough how physical activity and staying active can contribute to the longevity of your pooch’s health. It plays a significant role in their bodily functions, physical adeptness and joyful mood. As a dog reaches a certain age, his joints and muscles will inevitably decline. Hence, it becomes crucial for a dog parent to understand the importance of preventive habits to combat joint decline in old age. Also of same importance, is to identify and recognize when your dog begins to experience stiffness in their joints so you can respond to the situation accordingly. Walks, hydrotherapy and playing with other dogs are some common means of exercise you can engage your pet to.
Make a life-changing decision to alter your pet’s diet especially if he is overweight. Lugging around some unwanted pounds will make it more difficult for your dog who have reduced mobility. It is not merely just shedding the pounds for your furry friend, but it is more of learning how certain foods can hurt or benefit them the most. One of the easiest and most rewarding way to do is to introduce a vitamin supplement to their diet even before old age or obesity. There are supplements available in the market which are beneficial and focused on supporting healthy joints, digestion and skin.
Build a healthy home environment which is suitable for your dog as they age. Like humans, when reaching a certain age, our activities become more difficult and we strive to make life easier. Adjust some things at home to make it more comfortable for them. You may consider upgrading with soft bedding that is low to the ground. Memory foam dog bed seems a little more expensive but is extremely durable and comfortable for joints. As hard wood and slippery floors will soon become difficult for your dog and might cause mobility issues, you may also think of laying rugs along the common routes your dog takes when going around the house.
Senior dogs should be given the most tender loving care we can possibly offer. Caring for them is a serious business and involves a lot of emotions too. Touch and massage do a lot of magic. It helps to increase flexibility, blood circulation and improve their overall wellbeing. They are affection seeker and will enjoy so much quality time and intimate interactions. Engage with eye contact, talk to them and spend quality, yet restful time with them.
A dog can be a great source of love and companionship in your life. In addition to all the joy your dog gives you, he also needs a little care in return. Take care of your dog and he will take care of you and give you oodles of love. ♥