How to Support Your Dog’s Joints in Old Age

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There is little more saddening than watching your best friend getting old. Like the rest of us, senior dogs can start to suffer from joint problems, leading to reduced mobility and discomfort. All the same, there are many things which we as owners can do to both lessen the impact of joint problems and promote a happy, healthy lifestyle. Here are some top tips to help you do just that…

Consult Your Vet

joint pain vet

The first response to any medical concerns you may have should always be to visit your veterinarian. Your vet is uniquely qualified to assess your dog’s joints and suggest appropriate treatment. This is not just because of their medical training but also their knowledge your dog’s medical history. You can then both work together to maintain a high quality of life for your pet.

Household Changes

joint pain floors

Dogs are naturally active and curious animals, but joint degeneration can reduce mobility. Taking steps to make your pets home life as easy and comfortable as possible can go a long way.

Wooden, tiled or laminate flooring can be slippery at the best of times; the problem is exacerbated in pets suffering from joint problems. Try to reduce the chances of your pet slipping by putting down rugs or by blocking off more dangerous areas. Also, consider investing in a new, extra-soft dog bed to help support your pet’s joints, and adding extra water bowls around your home so your pet doesn’t have to travel so far to drink.

Exercise

joint pain walk

When your dog is showing signs of discomfort during walks it can be tempting to eliminate routine exercise. However, the evidence suggests that this is likely to be a mistake. Regular bouts of low-impact exercise have been repeatedly shown to reduce joint pain and improve range of movement.

At the same time, appreciate that exercise plans may have to change as your dog ages. Firstly, allow your pet to set the pace; slow and steady wins the day. Also consider reducing the length of walks, and instead breaking one or two long walks each day down into smaller and more frequent exercise sessions.

Weight Control

joint pain fat

The heavier your dog is, the more pressure is put on its joints. As your dog ages, therefore, it makes sense to ensure your pet is at an acceptable weight. Regular exercise will help, of course, but also consider switching to a senior pet food with fewer calories in it.

Cod Liver Oil

cod liver oilWhen two bones meet at a joint the ends are normally covered in a fine layer of cartilage. This allows the joint to move smoothly and without pain, but over time this cartilage can start to wear thin. Worse, as this happens inflammation can arise, contributing to joint pain. Finding ways to manage this inflammation can help to reduce discomfort for your dog.

While there are a number of veterinary-approved anti-inflammatory drugs, many owners favour more “natural” solutions. Of these, fish oils seem to be most highly regarded.

In one study, for example, arthritic dogs were fed either with their standard food, or with a food to which fish oils had been added. The experts then recorded how long it took each dog to stand up from a lying position. Some three months later the results showed that 82% of dogs receiving the fish oil improved during that period, while only 38% of dogs in the control group did.

Glucosamine

Numerous studies have shown the efficacy of glucosamine in humans, but to date studies on dogs have been rather more thin on the g joint painground. One notable study provided arthritic dogs with a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin, and vets were asked to assess joints during routine visits.

The findings suggest that by day seventy of the program the dogs “showed statistically significant improvements in scores for pain, weight-bearing and severity of the condition”.

Green Lipped Mussel

Green Lipped Mussel joint painGreen lipped mussel has gained interest in the scientific community recently as it has been discovered to contain a novel fatty acid not seen in other supplements. It is known by the catchy name of eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA for short), and may represent an exciting opportunity to control joint pain in dogs.

In one study, arthritic dogs were given either a standard dried dog food, or one to which powdered green lipped mussel (GLM) had been added. After just six weeks the scientists found that those dogs being given the mussel extract saw significant improvements in both joint pain and swelling.

Conclusion

In many ways we are living in exciting times. Vets know more than ever before about joint degeneration, while ongoing research continues to surface fascinating discoveries. There is no need for arthritic dogs to suffer unnecessarily; all you need to do is put in a little effort and you’ll be rewarded with the knowledge that you have improved the quality of life enjoyed by your dog.

 

This article was provided by VitaPaws, who offer a range of dog supplements formulated to support healthy joints.

The post How to Support Your Dog’s Joints in Old Age appeared first on Wag The Dog UK.

Guest Author

There is little more saddening than watching your best friend getting old. Like the rest of us, senior dogs can start to suffer from joint problems, leading to reduced mobility and discomfort. All the same, there are many things which we as owners can do to both lessen the impact of joint problems and promote a happy, healthy lifestyle. Here are some top tips to help you do just that…

Consult Your Vet

joint pain vet

The first response to any medical concerns you may have should always be to visit your veterinarian. Your vet is uniquely qualified to assess your dog’s joints and suggest appropriate treatment. This is not just because of their medical training but also their knowledge your dog’s medical history. You can then both work together to maintain a high quality of life for your pet.

Household Changes

joint pain floors

Dogs are naturally active and curious animals, but joint degeneration can reduce mobility. Taking steps to make your pets home life as easy and comfortable as possible can go a long way.

Wooden, tiled or laminate flooring can be slippery at the best of times; the problem is exacerbated in pets suffering from joint problems. Try to reduce the chances of your pet slipping by putting down rugs or by blocking off more dangerous areas. Also, consider investing in a new, extra-soft dog bed to help support your pet’s joints, and adding extra water bowls around your home so your pet doesn’t have to travel so far to drink.

Exercise

joint pain walk

When your dog is showing signs of discomfort during walks it can be tempting to eliminate routine exercise. However, the evidence suggests that this is likely to be a mistake. Regular bouts of low-impact exercise have been repeatedly shown to reduce joint pain and improve range of movement.

At the same time, appreciate that exercise plans may have to change as your dog ages. Firstly, allow your pet to set the pace; slow and steady wins the day. Also consider reducing the length of walks, and instead breaking one or two long walks each day down into smaller and more frequent exercise sessions.

Weight Control

joint pain fat

The heavier your dog is, the more pressure is put on its joints. As your dog ages, therefore, it makes sense to ensure your pet is at an acceptable weight. Regular exercise will help, of course, but also consider switching to a senior pet food with fewer calories in it.

Cod Liver Oil

cod liver oilWhen two bones meet at a joint the ends are normally covered in a fine layer of cartilage. This allows the joint to move smoothly and without pain, but over time this cartilage can start to wear thin. Worse, as this happens inflammation can arise, contributing to joint pain. Finding ways to manage this inflammation can help to reduce discomfort for your dog.

While there are a number of veterinary-approved anti-inflammatory drugs, many owners favour more “natural” solutions. Of these, fish oils seem to be most highly regarded.

In one study, for example, arthritic dogs were fed either with their standard food, or with a food to which fish oils had been added. The experts then recorded how long it took each dog to stand up from a lying position. Some three months later the results showed that 82% of dogs receiving the fish oil improved during that period, while only 38% of dogs in the control group did.

Glucosamine

Numerous studies have shown the efficacy of glucosamine in humans, but to date studies on dogs have been rather more thin on the g joint painground. One notable study provided arthritic dogs with a combination of glucosamine and chondroitin, and vets were asked to assess joints during routine visits.

The findings suggest that by day seventy of the program the dogs “showed statistically significant improvements in scores for pain, weight-bearing and severity of the condition”.

Green Lipped Mussel

Green Lipped Mussel joint painGreen lipped mussel has gained interest in the scientific community recently as it has been discovered to contain a novel fatty acid not seen in other supplements. It is known by the catchy name of eicosatetraenoic acid (ETA for short), and may represent an exciting opportunity to control joint pain in dogs.

In one study, arthritic dogs were given either a standard dried dog food, or one to which powdered green lipped mussel (GLM) had been added. After just six weeks the scientists found that those dogs being given the mussel extract saw significant improvements in both joint pain and swelling.

Conclusion

In many ways we are living in exciting times. Vets know more than ever before about joint degeneration, while ongoing research continues to surface fascinating discoveries. There is no need for arthritic dogs to suffer unnecessarily; all you need to do is put in a little effort and you’ll be rewarded with the knowledge that you have improved the quality of life enjoyed by your dog.

 

This article was provided by VitaPaws, who offer a range of dog supplements formulated to support healthy joints.

The post How to Support Your Dog’s Joints in Old Age appeared first on Wag The Dog UK.

Weekly Pet Travel Photo Challenge

Welcome to this week’s GoPetFriendly.com Pet Travel Photo Challenge … where we post your pet travel pictures, and you guess the pet friendly destinations!

Last Week’s Winner

Thanks to everyone who played last week, and congratulations to Bonnie B. of Kittery, Maine – she recognized this pet friendly destination as Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick, Maine. We hope you enjoy your new GoPetFriendly.com water bottle, Bonnie!

Photo copyright: Luann J.

Photo copyright: Luann J.

Let’s See Your Photos …

Mucho barko to Luann J. for sharing last week’s terrific pet travel photo. If you want your pet to be a star, submit your photos and they could be featured on GoPetFriendly.com, too!

This Week’s Photo Challenge

You can’t win if you don’t play! If you can guess where the photo below was taken, submit your answer in the entry form.

For the winner …

Each week we randomly select one winner from the correct entries to receive a fancy new GoPetFriendly.com water bottle.

Win a GoPetFriendly.com Water Bottle
And the photo is …

This week’s beautiful photo of Bentley Baxter, the therapy dog, was submitted by Kimmarie S. Can you guess where this handsome boy is posing?

Photo copyright: Kimmarie S.

Photo copyright: Kimmarie S.

Hint: The monument behind Bently Baxter is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing at 554 feet, 7 11⁄32 inches tall. 

Contest entry …

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This week’s contest closes on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. The contest is open to US and Canadian residents over the age of 18, except in Quebec and where prohibited by law. All correct submissions will be assigned a number and the winner will be selected using www.randomizer.org. Winners will be notified by email. The decision of the judges is final. The winner of the prize is responsible for any and all applicable taxes on the prize. Employees of GoPetFriendly.com are not eligible to win. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

Planning a pet friendly trip of your own? We’ll make it easy:
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Welcome to this week’s GoPetFriendly.com Pet Travel Photo Challenge … where we post your pet travel pictures, and you guess the pet friendly destinations!

Last Week’s Winner

Thanks to everyone who played last week, and congratulations to Bonnie B. of Kittery, Maine – she recognized this pet friendly destination as Nubble Lighthouse on Cape Neddick, Maine. We hope you enjoy your new GoPetFriendly.com water bottle, Bonnie!

Photo copyright: Luann J.

Photo copyright: Luann J.

Let’s See Your Photos …

Mucho barko to Luann J. for sharing last week’s terrific pet travel photo. If you want your pet to be a star, submit your photos and they could be featured on GoPetFriendly.com, too!

This Week’s Photo Challenge

You can’t win if you don’t play! If you can guess where the photo below was taken, submit your answer in the entry form.

For the winner …

Each week we randomly select one winner from the correct entries to receive a fancy new GoPetFriendly.com water bottle.

Win a GoPetFriendly.com Water Bottle
And the photo is …

This week’s beautiful photo of Bentley Baxter, the therapy dog, was submitted by Kimmarie S. Can you guess where this handsome boy is posing?

Photo copyright: Kimmarie S.

Photo copyright: Kimmarie S.

Hint: The monument behind Bently Baxter is both the world’s tallest stone structure and the world’s tallest obelisk, standing at 554 feet, 7 11⁄32 inches tall. 

Contest entry …

Your Name*

First

Last

Email*

Your Country*United StatesCanadaYour City*Your State*AlabamaAlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaOhioOklahomaOregonPennsylvaniaRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyomingArmed Forces AmericasArmed Forces EuropeArmed Forces Pacific– Select State –Your Province*AlbertaBritish ColumbiaManitobaNew BrunswickNewfoundland & LabradorNorthwest TerritoriesNova ScotiaNunavutOntarioPrince Edward IslandQuebecSaskatchewanYukon– Select Province –This Week's Photo LocationPhoto Place*Photo State or Province*Confirm Entry

By entering this contest, I authorize GoPetFriendly.com to send email to my provided email address to announce winners and share future GoPetFriendly.com email communications.
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The Fine Print

This week’s contest closes on Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017 at 11:59 pm EST. The contest is open to US and Canadian residents over the age of 18, except in Quebec and where prohibited by law. All correct submissions will be assigned a number and the winner will be selected using www.randomizer.org. Winners will be notified by email. The decision of the judges is final. The winner of the prize is responsible for any and all applicable taxes on the prize. Employees of GoPetFriendly.com are not eligible to win. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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Fading Flower Friday – Last Colors of Fall

We last did a Flower Friday post late in September, so today we thought we’d share the rest of the blooms we have seen over these last two months of fall. In late September, much of the color we saw was from these wildflowers that lined our driveway. In early October, the only flowers blossoming […]

We last did a Flower Friday post late in September, so today we thought we’d share the rest of the blooms we have seen over these last two months of fall. In late September, much of the color we saw was from these wildflowers that lined our driveway. In early October, the only flowers blossoming […]

Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie’s NW2 Trial

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialCandid photographs from our nose work trials are always so much fun to look at. Aside from learning each time we compete in a trial, watching the videos of our searches and looking at the still photos are also great learning tools. It takes time to get the photos as they need to be edited before we can purchase them, but videos are usually available within a day. I thought Bailie at the start line would be the perfect first photo for this post!

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialYou may remember these searches from the videos of Bailie’s searches in my previous post from her recent trial at Afton Alps. Even if you are not the one competing, watching others search can be a valuable learning tool. The first hide Bailie found in her container search is probably our favorite photo of all! Can you say, “Smile, I smell that prime rib payment heading my way!” If you don’t know much about nose work, the people in orange vests are the volunteers. They work each search element in different jobs such as the timer, videographer, and gate steward.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialBailie sniffed the second container hide on her first two trips around the circle of boxes but did not alert. Why? We don’t know, as she says that information is for her to know and the rest of us to find out. We know she checked it out both times without calling it by watching her video and looking at the still shots.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialMom did make a mental note on the second pass to make sure and go back to this box. On the third pass, Mom keeps going, but you can see by Bailie’s posture and the tight line, she is not moving, thus Mom correctly called the alert. One way to test if your dog is serious is to keep moving. A good nose work dog should not leave the odor until they have been “paid”.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialWe love this shot of Bailie coming around the furthest golf cart in her vehicle search with the snow. She looks like she is on the hunt!

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialBecause she wasn’t picking up the odor, Bailie was kind of wandering along, not really into searching. At one point on the back of the second vehicle she caught odor. You can see her air scenting. She does a lot of air scenting for nose work and in her everyday life.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialShe went right over to the back passenger wheel on the first golf cart from her air scent and had the odor.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialThere are no videos or photos allowed in the interior searches, so the last search with photos Bailie had was her exterior search. As she caught the odor and approached the hide location her tongue came out. This is a telltale sign Bailie is on odor, but Mom is usually behind her and can’t see it. This is another reason these candid photographs come in handy.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialBailie went directly to the snowboard and got her nose right in there as close as she could to the odor. I guess when you are at a ski place, you should expect to find hides in or on ski equipment.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialThat is it, she has earned her NW2 Title finding all eight hides in the five searches! I have to admit, she does look pretty happy!

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialOne other note, Bailie seems to be on a roll. She earned her L1E (Level 1 Exteriors) Title last Sunday. The trial was held at a fairgrounds, thus the striped background. She has now completed everything for level 1 in nose work and is working on the last three elements in level 2. We will post more on her trial in a few weeks when the photos are out.

Thank you once again to Caprise Adams for taking such wonderful photographs of our searches. We have purchased these photos for our own use.

The post Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie’s NW2 Trial appeared first on My GBGV Life.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialCandid photographs from our nose work trials are always so much fun to look at. Aside from learning each time we compete in a trial, watching the videos of our searches and looking at the still photos are also great learning tools. It takes time to get the photos as they need to be edited before we can purchase them, but videos are usually available within a day. I thought Bailie at the start line would be the perfect first photo for this post!

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialYou may remember these searches from the videos of Bailie’s searches in my previous post from her recent trial at Afton Alps. Even if you are not the one competing, watching others search can be a valuable learning tool. The first hide Bailie found in her container search is probably our favorite photo of all! Can you say, “Smile, I smell that prime rib payment heading my way!” If you don’t know much about nose work, the people in orange vests are the volunteers. They work each search element in different jobs such as the timer, videographer, and gate steward.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialBailie sniffed the second container hide on her first two trips around the circle of boxes but did not alert. Why? We don’t know, as she says that information is for her to know and the rest of us to find out. We know she checked it out both times without calling it by watching her video and looking at the still shots.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialMom did make a mental note on the second pass to make sure and go back to this box. On the third pass, Mom keeps going, but you can see by Bailie’s posture and the tight line, she is not moving, thus Mom correctly called the alert. One way to test if your dog is serious is to keep moving. A good nose work dog should not leave the odor until they have been “paid”.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialWe love this shot of Bailie coming around the furthest golf cart in her vehicle search with the snow. She looks like she is on the hunt!

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialBecause she wasn’t picking up the odor, Bailie was kind of wandering along, not really into searching. At one point on the back of the second vehicle she caught odor. You can see her air scenting. She does a lot of air scenting for nose work and in her everyday life.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialShe went right over to the back passenger wheel on the first golf cart from her air scent and had the odor.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialThere are no videos or photos allowed in the interior searches, so the last search with photos Bailie had was her exterior search. As she caught the odor and approached the hide location her tongue came out. This is a telltale sign Bailie is on odor, but Mom is usually behind her and can’t see it. This is another reason these candid photographs come in handy.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialBailie went directly to the snowboard and got her nose right in there as close as she could to the odor. I guess when you are at a ski place, you should expect to find hides in or on ski equipment.

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialThat is it, she has earned her NW2 Title finding all eight hides in the five searches! I have to admit, she does look pretty happy!

My GBGV Life Some Fun, Candid Photographs From Bailie's NW2 TrialOne other note, Bailie seems to be on a roll. She earned her L1E (Level 1 Exteriors) Title last Sunday. The trial was held at a fairgrounds, thus the striped background. She has now completed everything for level 1 in nose work and is working on the last three elements in level 2. We will post more on her trial in a few weeks when the photos are out.

Thank you once again to Caprise Adams for taking such wonderful photographs of our searches. We have purchased these photos for our own use.

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5 Questions With A German Shepherd Owner

KL is a longtime reader of That Mutt who owns a German shepherd dog. KL trains her dog in obedience and nosework for fun, and she is also a volunteer with a German Shepherd rescue.

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KL is a longtime reader of That Mutt who owns a German shepherd dog. KL trains her dog in obedience and nosework for fun, and she is also a volunteer with a German Shepherd rescue.

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5 Tips for a Safe and Happy Pet Friendly Holiday

5 Tips for a Safe and Happy Pet Friendly Holiday is a post from Golden Woofs. All photographs are copyrighted. You need permission to re-post this post.

As you get into the holiday spirit, there are a lot of things to consider to keep your pet safe. Everything from foods to decorations should be regarded as to have a safe and happy pet friendly holiday. This post is sponsored by Sleepypod®. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Sleepypod […]

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As you get into the holiday spirit, there are a lot of things to consider to keep your pet safe. Everything from foods to decorations should be regarded as to have a safe and happy pet friendly holiday. This post is sponsored by Sleepypod®. I am being compensated for helping spread the word about Sleepypod […]

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