Maintaining optimum joint health for your pet is essential to ensure they lead a happy and healthy life with you. Poor joint mobility can make it hard for your pet to perform simple daily tasks such as, getting a comfortable night’s sleep or being able to bend down to their food bowl. There are numerous reasons why your pet might be suffering from poor joint health, including old age, being overweight, or if they have suffered an injury. Although joint problems are more often seen in older pets, younger pets can also develop stiffness.

 

Manage their weight

Excess weight can put pressure on joints. If your pet is overweight, aim to reduce their calorie intake to minimize the load on the joints. Speak to your vet before putting your pet on a diet or changing their food as they will be able to advise on a healthy weight for your pet.

 

Exercise Routine

it is important that your pet still gets regular exercise to avoid stiffness and muscle wastage. Try to avoid long walks for your dog and make sure you take them for several, short walks throughout the day.

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Diet

Feed your pet a good quality diet. To do this you may need to reassess their food and consult a veterinary professional who can recommend the best diet for their needs. Raise your pet’s water and food bowls if they find it difficult to bend down to eat.

     
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Comfort

Keep your pet warm, avoid cold damp windy conditions which can aggravate joint pain. Provide a cosy warm bed with enough room to find a comfortable position to sleep in. Carpeting can also help increase traction. Try to limit stair use and jumping on or off furniture.

 

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Pain relief

Your vet may prescribe medication to reduce the inflammation and provide pain relief. A natural alternative is Boswellia Extract, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, helping to reduce the dose of other medications and preventing potential side effects.

 

Natural supplements

There are treats and supplements that contain a boost of glucosamine and chondroitin that supports your pet’s hip and joint.

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Consult your vet

Speak to your vet if you are concerned about your pet’s joint health. Regular vet visits will ensure your pet’s condition can be monitored frequently and that you receive the best up-to-date advice.