Saturday, August 19, 2017

3 Ways to Help Dogs Suffering from Arthritis

If there's one thing we all love about dogs, it's that they are never short of energy and love to play and run around - and no caring dog owner is going to stand by and watch their pet lose its zeal for life. If your dog seems low on energy or is having trouble running, jumping, or climbing, arthritis may be to blame. There are many ways to offer your pet the relief it deserves. In this article, we'll share three simple remedies for arthritis in dogs.

1. Feed your Dog a Joint-healthy Diet

The latest research on arthritis - in humans as well as dogs - shows that reducing inflammation is probably the best way to provide relief and even cure this painful condition. A diet rich in healthy oils and antioxidants will boost your dog's immune system, reduce swelling, and improve its overall quality of life.

You'll want to avoid commercial grain-based dog foods and include oily fish, blueberries, goji berries, and plenty of green and yellow vegetables in your dog's diet. Supplements like chondroitin and glucosamine are great for your pet's joints - and you'll find special formulations for dogs that provide just the right dosage. After all, if you're not comfortable eating something, why feed it to your dog?

2. Fight Arthritis with CBD

CBD (cannabidiol) is taking the alternative medicine world by storm with satisfied users reporting increased health and big improvements in a range of conditions, from overall immune system health to seasonal allergies - and arthritis too. Despite its name, CBD for pets is not cannabis - and it's not illegal either. It's an extract of the cannabis plant that may reduce inflammation in your dog's joints, healing your pet's aches and pains.

3. Make Your Dog Comfortable During Recovery

Just like humans, dogs start to feel down when they're not well - and one of the best things you can do for your pet is to make them comfortable while their new diet and supplement kick in. Make sure your dog has a comfortable place to sleep at night and rest during the day, with soft pillows and blankets to support painful joints.

If your dog is in pain, it will always appreciate quality time with you - and you'll provide a much-needed distraction from the daily burden of your pet's painful joints. You'll also want to massage your dog from time to time, or if you're worried about causing them pain, you can ask your local vet or dog grooming center to recommend a massage therapist who specializes in canine customers.

When it comes to suffering from arthritis and longing for a cure, dogs and humans are just the same. Your dog relies on you to help it through its health issues, and by following the tips we've shared with you today, you'll soon see a big improvement in your pet's joint health. Recovery from arthritis takes time - and it may never disappear completely - but there is a lot you can do to reduce your dog's joint pain and let it get on with the business of living. Here's to the good health of your dog's joints!

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