This blog covers information from dog arthritis symptoms, natural remedies, supplements, and more!
Believe it or not, dogs can suffer from back pain. Like us, the pain can cause mobility issues and interfere with their daily lives. Back pain isn't fun for anyone, but for dogs - who cannot tell you their back hurts, it's essential to recognize the signs and symptoms so you can help! We will go through all the tell-tale signs of back pain in dogs and share what to do and how to help them.
Arthritis is a prevalent issue in dogs (and us humans!). If you start to notice your senior dog start to slow down, struggle walking up and downstairs, have a more challenging time sitting or standing up - then your dog may have arthritis. Arthritis primarily affects your dog's hips, legs, and back but can affect other areas as well. If you notice these symptoms or pain in these areas, the first thing to do is consult your vet and get a diagnosis.
Your dog is considered "senior" depending on your dog's breed and size. If you have an older dog, you know they are less active, go a little slower, take more naps, and generally, take life a little easier. If you want to determine if you have a senior dog or are just getting older, dog age calculators and signs of aging will point it out. Figuring out if your dog is considered a senior will help you learn the best ways to care for your dog in its new stage of life. It will change how much they use the bathroom, their activity level and manage any dog health problems and health issues. While most people think that one dog year is equivalent to 7 human years, and that is how you calculate old age, that's not the case—individual dog breeds age at different paces. We can't compare their years to our human years to determine seniority. But we will give you some ways to help you know when a dog is considered senior and how to care for this new stage of life properly!
There are ways to exercise your dog in the winter, while staying inside your warm home, that will even be fun for you!
Just like humans, dog's behavior and physical well-being change as they age. The difference between humans and dogs is that aging occurs a lot quicker. You may have come to notice that your once full of energy dog tires more easily on walks or wants to nap more often. You may also see that your senior dog is walking with stiff legs, doesn't want to go up the stairs, or has more trouble getting up on a cold morning. One of the most common culprits causing this slow-down in activity in senior dogs is arthritis - a degenerative joint disease that affects 80-90% of old dogs! The most common type of arthritis is osteoarthritis, which causes a limited range of motion and pain. Keep reading to learn more about signs of arthritis and how you can help your aging pup.