Joint Pain In Dogs – Signs, Prevention & Treatment

by | Feb 7 2024

Joint discomfort isn’t merely an inconvenience for pet parents; it poses a significant challenge that can severely impact the quality of life of our beloved canine companions. As caring dog owners and passionate aficionados, we have a pivotal role in closely monitoring our pets’ health. Proactively taking steps to guard against joint pain in dogs is critical, enabling them to enjoy extended, joyful lives free from the constraints of joint pain.

This article sheds light on canine joint health, from identifying symptoms of joint pain to exploring effective treatment strategies and the role of dietary supplements. Such measures are instrumental in significantly enhancing your dog’s agility and overall zest for life, making a noticeable difference in their day-to-day well-being.

 

Understanding joint pain in dogs

 

Joint discomfort in dogs can arise from a myriad of sources, closely paralleling human conditions. Arthritis is the chief culprit, encompassing both osteoarthritis, which results from the gradual wear and tear of the joints, and autoimmune arthritis, characterised by the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking the joints. Other prevalent factors include injuries, the wear of ageing, and the additional burden of obesity, which places undue stress on the joints, exacerbating their condition. Joint degeneration can happen early in a pet’s adult life with one in four dogs experiencing pain which is unseen before they reach the age of 6.

 

Recognising the signs of joint pain in dogs

 

Identifying joint pain in our furry friends requires keen observation, as they might not communicate their discomfort, especially in their senior years. Pet owners need to be alert to subtle changes in their dog’s behaviour or mobility that may indicate joint pain. Symptoms to watch for include limping, stiffness, a reluctance to get up or navigate stairs, joint swelling, and a noticeable reduction in physical activity. These signs could all point to discomfort in the joints.

 

Preventing joint pain in dogs

 

While it’s impossible to prevent all causes of joint pain, there are proactive steps we can take to minimise or delay its onset. Implementing preventative measures is key to maintaining your dog’s joint health over their lifetime:

 

The role of diet and nutrition

 

A diet rich in essential nutrients and omega-3 fatty acids is crucial for optimal joint health in dogs. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight is just as important, as excess weight can worsen joint problems. Selecting high-quality dog foods that are specifically formulated to support joint health can be very helpful, although consulting with a veterinarian for personalised dietary advice is always best.

 

Importance of regular exercise

 

Engaging your dog in regular, low-impact exercise is essential for keeping their joints mobile and strong. Daily walks, swimming sessions, and gentle stretching exercises can all support joint function. Yet, it’s important to avoid exercises that could strain the joints, especially in dogs that are older or genetically prone to joint issues.

 

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Treatment options for joint pain in dogs

 

Once joint pain is diagnosed, employing a combination of veterinary care and home management strategies can effectively manage the condition.

 

Home care strategies

 

Making simple adjustments at home can significantly ease your dog’s joint pain. Providing soft, anti-slip bedding and installing ramps to help with climbing can make a big difference. Regular application of warmth therapy, through heated beds or warm compresses, can also provide comfort to aching joints.

 

The benefits of joint care supplements

 

The use of joint care supplements is increasingly recognised for its effectiveness in supporting overall joint health. Ingredients like Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Omega-3 fatty acids and manganese are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and ability to support cartilage. High-quality supplements can greatly improve your dog’s comfort and mobility, helping them stay active and happy.

 

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Introducing VETIQ Joint Care Adult

 

Joint Care Adult from VETIQ is a specially designed supplement to support healthy joints in adult dogs. Formulated with a blend of Glucosamine, Chondroitin, Manganese, and Krill Meal for Omega-3 support, it offers comprehensive joint care in each dose. These expertly formulated tablets can be a significant aid for dogs prone to joint issues or as additional support for ageing dogs.

For doggies that require a little extra love, our Healthy Treats for Joint Care provides a delicious, natural way to supplement your dog’s joint health regimen. Made with high-quality ingredients and essential vitamins and minerals, these treats effectively support joint function daily.

We also have a little something for the older dog in your life; Joint Care Senior Extra+. It’s the perfect pick-me-up for your older furry pals feeling the aches and pains of age. It’s packed with joint-friendly ingredients all aimed at keeping those joints moving smoothly. To support older pets, we have added DHA Gold, an algae seaweed rich in Omega 3 together with additional Vitamin E an antioxidant that helps reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. Think of it as a tasty treat that gives your old pet a new ‘leash’ on life!

By incorporating VETIQ Joint Care Adult into your dog’s daily routine, you can witness a transformation in their vitality and happiness. These advanced joint care supplements not only encourage playfulness and mobility but also protect your dog’s health for the long term. Your dog’s joints will be better for it, allowing you to enjoy their companionship for many more joyful years.

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