It’s distressing when your pet starts showing signs of arthritis and joint pain. I thought I’d tell you a little about my experience with our dogs getting old and suffering from arthritis.
These are the 5 symptoms you might notice:
- difficulty getting up after resting
- more reluctant to jump into the car or up onto your lap
- can’t seem to get comfortable when going to bed
- just slowing up when you go out for your favourite walk
- pain noises, moans, huffs, and groans.
It’s not all bad news, there’s been significant research into the symptoms and treatment of arthritis pain in pets, so you don’t have to feel completely helpless.
Just like us, as our pets get older, they often suffer from pain and inflammation of the joints.
One of our dogs, ‘Beepa’ was a ‘bitsa’. Quite a big dog and he had a lovely nature. You could see the characteristics of all sorts of breeds in him at different times. The vet even said to me one day ‘he had the heart of a greyhound and a bit of dingo in him’. So he was quite a unique dog, and we loved him to bits.
I’ll share one little story to show you how agile and active he was. When he was young dog he could jump into the back of my ute in a single bound, which he did often. One day I was playing with him. He was chasing me. I was ducking and weaving, in and out of things, challenging him. I couldn’t shake him, so I quickly climbed up the Jacaranda tree in the front yard as fast as I could, not thinking. As I looked behind, I expected to see him at the base of the tree gazing up at me puzzled. Instead, he had somehow managed to follow me up the tree and was right behind me. I couldn’t believe it and had to grab him quickly in case he fell. I laughed so much and it still makes me smile. A dog in a tree – now that’s something that you don’t see every day. He was a great mate and would follow me anywhere.
As he got older it was sad to see my old mate not being able to jump into the ute and unable to do the things that had been so much a part of his life.
He was starting to slow up. I’d hear the little groans as he got up from rest and the ‘huff’ when lowering himself down to sleep. Signs that age was catching up. Hip and joint pain were making life uncomfortable.
Dogs can’t tell you when they’re in pain. They just soldier on.
The good thing is there are ways we can help them when they start to show signs of hip and joint pain or stiffening.
Steps you can take to help your dog.
- It’s important to keep taking your dog for a walk. That regular, consistent exercise is so important to keep the joints lubricated and muscles strong.
- Make sure their bed is nice and soft and warm. This is especially important in winter and the colder months. Make sure the step up to lay in the bed is not too high for your dog. Just a comfortable height to hop in and out of.
- Pain relief. Fortunately, there are products that can help give them relief and keep pain at bay.
- Check the health of your dog with your vet to make sure there is nothing sinister going on with their health.
Hip and joint supplements make life a lot more comfortable and will certainly help to relieve some of the discomforts they’re feeling. I’ve found the liquid glucosamine ++ hip and joint supplement easier to give my dogs. The formula repairs and supports joint and cartilage to help reduce inflammation while retaining their mobility.
The medicine is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream to give effective relief. I haven’t had any trouble getting my dogs to take it and always knew I was doing the best I could to help them.