With the colder months coming, it’s a good time to think about joint care for your dog.
Joint problems are common in dogs, especially as they get older. A pooch over the age of seven is at risk of developing problems with joint health. The joints are lubricated with a small amount of fluid and covered with a layer of cartilage. This enables free and smooth movement. As dogs get older, this layer of cartilage often becomes thinner, causing the surfaces of the bone to rub together and resulting in discomfort.
Humans suffering from joint problems often take supplements such as glucosamine, chondroitin, and Omega 3:
Glucosamine & Chondroitin:
Glucosamine is needed to form the synovial fluid, which is the joint’s natural lubricant. It is also vital for cartilage metabolism and the renewal of connective tissue in and around the joints. Alongside these factors, glucosamine also provides the joints with the building blocks needed to manage damage caused by wear and tear and the natural aging process. Chondroitin works alongside glucosamine, helping to draw fluid and nutrients into the joints.
Omega-3 fatty acids help with the dilation of blood vessels. They support cardiovascular and brain health, and have also been seen to reduce inflammation and muscle pain, and help tissue repair.
Your dog could benefit from additional joint supplements. Mobile Bones is a powerful joint care powder that can help promote mobility and joint health, aid stiff joints and joint comfort and encourage bone strength. The natural supplement contains 16 active ingredients designed to contribute to the healthy functioning of the joints.
When it comes to exercising a dog with joint problems; keep activity short but regular. A gentle walk between 15-30 minutes 5 days a week is a good general starting point. Swimming is also a great option for dogs who struggle with mobility, as the water supports the body weight and prevents sudden excessive movement. Swimming can help improve muscle tone, cardiovascular stamina, and improve the range of movement in the joints. If your pooch is a little on the heavier side, hydrotherapy is especially useful for addressing obesity.