Special Needs Dogs
Dog moving a little slower now, walking a little stiffer? That may be arthritis. Like people, dogs can develop arthritis in their joints as they get older. But what does this mean in regards to dogs?
Canine diabetes may not be curable, but it is manageable in most dogs–if the condition is diagnosed early and treated properly. Only a veterinarian can diagnose this condition in dogs, but treatment will largely fall on the lap of the dog’s owners and it is no small thing. Treating any medical condition is a daily responsibility to be carried out consistently for the rest of the dog’s life. However, knowing the knowing the three components of at-home care for a diabetic dog–food, medication, and exercise–you can create a schedule that is balanced, not overwhelming.
You know your dog’s overweight. Losing weight is always easier than putting on the pounds. But getting your dog down to a healthy weight will help keep your dog healthy in so many ways. It’s not always easy, but think about adopting a new way of doing things, new strategies for helping your dog lose weight.
If your dog is diagnosed with arthritis, your vet will likely recommend 3 therapies: weight management especially if your dog is overweight, medication for joints and pain, and exercise. Exercise might seem counter intuitive your dog is already in pain and their joints are stiff. Actually, you do want to strongly consider exercise. Here are four things to consider when exercising a dog with arthritis.