One of the most popular problems owners face is how to help their dog’s joint health. Most dogs will suffer from joint issues at some point in their life, regardless of size or breed. Just like humans, the more stress we put on our body, the more wear and tear it will experience later – the same is true for your furry friend at home.
What does joint pain look like?
Most of the time, owners notice their dogs are not as active and are having a hard time doing common activities, such as standing back up after sitting or laying down. Maybe your dog has problems going up and down the stairs, getting back into the car, or for the spoiled pups out there, getting onto the couch. Another sign your dog may be having joint pain is they can’t walk or run as they normally would. From there, it can progress to limping and further issues.
Most common type of joint issues in dogs
The most common dog joint health issue you hear of is osteoarthritis – it is also known as Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) and it is the most common type of arthritis. It affects 1 in 5 dogs. The older your pup gets, the more likely they will develop arthritis due to normal wear and tear on their joints. However, dogs who are overweight or in large breed classes are more likely to get more serious cases at younger ages than normal. Active or working dogs will most likely develop osteoarthritis in the future as well.
How can you help?
There are some things we can do for our dogs around the house.
- Help your dog get up steps, onto a bed, or in/out of your car with a ramp or pet steps. Help ease the impact on their joints!
- Improve traction throughout the house so your pup isn’t slipping and sliding. Easy fix: get a few secure rugs to place around busy areas (top & bottom of stairs, in the living room, etc.)
- Get a comfy, supportive bed to help ease joints and bones. Heated beds are also a great option!
- Think about elevated dog bowls = less strain on their body (especially if they are a large breed)
Next, here are various ways we can help their bodies!
- Slim them down. Extra weight places extra strain on joints, worsening the pain of arthritis.
- Regular, gentle exercise. You might think your dog doesn’t need the exercise, but it is a must on your to-do list to keep your pup moving and from stiffening up. Try exercise that is controlled, gentle, low-impact, and short in duration.
- Canine massage. It eases sore muscles lowers blood pressure, and reduces stress. Not to mention you’ll get a huge smile from your pup for the extra attention!
- Acupuncture – it stimulates the release of the body’s own pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory substances
- Purchase or DIY a heating pad – they relieve your dog’s aches
Last but not least, think about getting your dog on some natural supplements. A lot of the time, pharmaceutical pain meds are recommended for your dog, but these can have harmful side effects on your dog’s organs and body over time. Think about looking into natural alternatives! A few great supplements for supporting healthy joints are Glucosamine and Chondroitin. These two enhance the cartilage between the joints and can help halt the degeneration of the cartilage and help the body rebuild it.
CBD for joint health
In case you haven’t heard, CBD (PCR-rich) hemp oil is also a great natural alternative to help your dog’s joint health. CBD oil has been shown to have pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties according to a study done by Cornell University. CBD oil also has antioxidant properties (destroying free-radicals and preventing disease). Our Joint Formula Chewable tablets contain CBD (PCR-rich) hemp oil, chondroitin, glucosamine, and MSM, all working together to create an all-in-one supercharged joint formula.
If your dog is experiencing problems with their joint health, have hope! They are many ways you can improve their quality of life – including improving household obstacles, keeping their bodies healthy, and adding a high-quality joint supplement into their routine.