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Emma has moved into the next room at school! Such a big girl. She seems to be enjoying it too. She played for longer and napped for longer today. Interestingly, she’s also eating somewhat less. It may be a combo of the solids she’s eating (oatmeal & banananana for breakfast; carrots for dinner) and, as one of her new teachers said, she was getting bored – but when she cried, her old teachers thought she was hungry. We’ll see!
If your dog has a degenerative problem like hip dysplasia then it will usually worsen with age. Both hip dysplasia and luxating patellas Cheap Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys, which can be common with some smaller breeds, can lead to arthritis as your dog ages.
I once had a dog that I found in a parking lot late at night. This poor old guy that I named Andy wasn鈥檛 a young dog when I found him. It wasn鈥檛 easy to coax him into my car at midnight in the rain but I finally got him in. My heart went out to him in particular because he seemed like he had been hit by a car at some point. I took him to the vet the next morning and the vet confirmed what I thought. At some time in the past Andy had been hit by a car and probably hobbled away without treatment. His hips were semi-crippled. He could walk with a definite limp but he had a lot of arthritis . The good news was that Andy was otherwise in pretty good health. I ran an ad trying to find Andy鈥檚 owners but no one answered. Andy became part of my family and lived out the next few years with us. Over that time we tried several different treatments for his arthritis. Here are some things that helped Andy:
Say No To Second Helpings
Dogs with arthritis and other joint problems typically do much better if you keep their weight down. Obesity and being overweight put unnecessary stress on joints that are already compromised and cause your dog pain. Carefully monitor how much food you give your dog to eat and watch his weight. Remember to count the calories in treats and table scraps, too.
Watch your dog鈥檚 exercise. Arthritis is usually self-limiting but canine hip dysplasia and even luxating patellas are not always evident, particularly at a young age. If your dog has been diagnosed with hip dysplasia or luxating patellas, don鈥檛 let your dog overdo the exercise. Regular, moderate exercise is better than one all-out race in a blue moon. Your dog is less likely to injure himself if you pace his exercise. However Cheap Cincinnati Bengals Jerseys, don鈥檛 cut out exercise altogether. Exercise is good for keeping muscle tone and that helps your dog in the long run.
Remember that one key to long term health and fitness is to start young. DO let your puppy play and have fun. DON鈥橳 make your puppy jog two miles with you or run races. Putting too much stress on a puppy is one way to develop joint problems later.
Live In The Lap of Luxury
As your dog gets older it鈥檚 okay to pamper him a little. Think about providing your dog with a comfy dog bed. Some pets with joint problems may appreciate an orthopedic dog bed or even a heated dog bed. If your pet sleeps on the sofa you may want to get him a heating pad. Applying heat to his aching joints can help them feel better.
Everybody In The Pool!
Hydrotherapy and swimming have proven beneficial for many dogs with aches and pains related to joint problems. Swimming is one of the best treatments for arthritis, hip dysplasia and even for post surgical rehabilitation of dogs. If your dog likes to swim he should find swimming easier than doing exercises like walking or running and you can swim with him. If your dog doesn鈥檛 know how to swim it鈥檚 not hard to teach most dogs. Just be sure that you carefully teach your dog where the steps are in any pool and show him how to get out of the pool. You can ask your vet for more information about hydrotherapy.
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