Joint aches and pains in dogs are usually the result of arthritis or osteoarthritis. Those pains can get worse in lower temperatures or if your pet is overweight. Injuries such as cruciate ligament damage can lead to joint pain.
Whatever the cause of your pets joint aches and pains, it is important to keep your pet as healthy as possible. By doing so you can avoid and lessen problems that many dogs gain though their breeding or as a result of injury. Healthy dogs heal quicker and muscular joints take pressure of joints and tendons relieving aches and pains.
How do you treat dog joint aches and pains?
Typical treatments for joint aches and pains include exercising the animal to reduce excess weight. This can be supplemented with a diet and healthy joint supplements to assist in their comfort. As part of the diet it is important to feed your dog pet food that contains fish oil since it is a natural anti-inflammatory. Pet food high in vitamins and minerals can also help to keep your pet’s health in check.
We use Hot and Cold therapies to relax joints and relieve pain. Alongside this we offer manual therapies such as physiotherapy. The most enjoyable for the dog is often the use of our underwater treadmill. The hydro pool helps to heal and makes the process of exercising more comfortable for the dog. For those pets in need of more specialised methods we offer ESTIM. This is a current that is applied to a muscle causing it to contract. It dramatically helps to prevent muscle waste as well as alleviating the most typical causes of joint aches and pains.
There are medications that can help to treat your pet and these are available directly from your veterinarians. There are potential side effects but these should all be discussed with you before you decide on your course of action.
There is no need for your dog to suffer from joint aches and pains, we can help you to manage your pet’s pain. Contact us to discuss your options.