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Arthritis Help for Dogs

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Did you know that approximately 20% of dogs over the age of five will suffer from arthritis?  How can you tell if your dog is one of them?

The signs of arthritis in dogs are:

  • Sleeping or resting more
  • Hesitancy to jump up on couches, chairs, and beds
  • Difficulty climbing stairs
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Favoring a limb
  • Decreased interest in play or activities previous enjoyed by your dog
  • Trouble getting up or rolling over

See your veterinarian if your dog has any of these symptoms for more than one week.  The examination at the veterinarian will include x-rays and a physical exam.  Diagnosis is the first key to relieving the painful symptoms of arthritis.  Treatment of arthritis in dogs is similar to that of humans.

The first step is diagnosis of arthritis from your veterinarian.

The next step is dependent on your veterinarian.  They will probably recommend that your pet lose weight if they are overweight.

The next step will probably be medication.  Discuss with your veterinarian what medications should be taken and when they should be taken.  Also ask about whether the medication should be taken with or without food.

Ask your veterinarian what type of exercise is appropriate for your dog.  Exercise can help strengthen the muscles around the joints.  This helps reduce the stress on joints.  Be careful to not overdo it.

Here is a recipe of dogs with arthritis.  It contains both rosemary and ginger, which have proven anti-inflammatory properties.  You can make this soup for your dog and have a bowl of it yourself.

Anti-Arthritis Soup for Dogs

1 lb. ground turkey

1/2 teaspoon ginger

1/2 teaspoon rosemary

2 cups canned pumpkin (not the pumpkin pie filling type)

4 cups chicken broth

Add all ingredients together in medium sized sauce pan.  Bring to boil, turn down and simmer for 40 minutes.  Cool and serve.

 

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