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When it comes to arthritis, prevention is best.

Caring for your dog’s joints is an important part of regular, long-term care. Keeping your dog at a healthy weight by managing your pet’s diet and exercise regime is one of the most important things you can do to help prevent arthritis, since too much weight can put unnecessary strain on your dog’s joints. Being overweight also puts your dog at a greater risk of developing other health-related problems, such as heart disease, diabetes and increased blood pressure.

For more information about the role that nutrition and exercise play in keeping your dog’s joints healthy, please see the relevant sections of this site. Diet & Nutrition, Exercise

A daily supplement for healthier joints.

In addition to a healthy diet and regular exercise, your can also give your dog a joint health supplement containing ingredients such as glucosamine. These supplements can be beneficial to joint health. Ask your vet for more details. Supleneo flex is a tasty joint supplement that contains the key ingredients that can help improve joint health. It is low calorie and you can give it instead of a treat. Learn more about Supleneo flex.

Be aware of the signs of arthritis.

The symptoms of arthritis are not always easy to spot, so being aware of the signs of joint discomfort means you’ll be in the best position to act early and help your dog to keep moving. Dogs are genetically programmed not to show pain, so when dogs are in pain, they may only show it through changes in behaviour. In the case of joint pain, the signs may include:

  • Reluctance to exercise
  • Sleeping more than usual, or alterations in sleep pattern
  • Restlessness when trying to sleep or settle
  • Being unable to exercise for as long as he used to
  • Abnormal aggression or anxiety
  • Finding it difficult to get up
  • Difficulty getting up and down stairs, or in and out of the car
  • Walking or moving stiffly
  • Limping
  • Change in attitude to other dogs

If you think your dog may be suffering from arthritis, talk to your vet. A vet is the only person who can diagnose arthritis, and prescribe medication to manage the condition.