Preventive Care is an important step in ensuring your dog stays healthy and happy throughout their life. WebMD has a great preventive care guide that looks at all the different facets that you should consider. Below are some key elements you should take care of specifically when it comes to your dog's bone and joint health.Exercise:
Yes, even if your dog is already experiencing some pain from canine osteoarthritis (however, check with your vet and make sure that's what it is before getting started), daily walks are vital. They increase circulation and blood flow, help keep the joints limber and mobile and the increased muscle mass will help to stabilize and protect them. If your dog has been inactive for a long time, start slowly and build up to longer walks. Do not overdo the exercise.Physical Therapy:
Passive range of motion exercises, swimming, or even seeing a dog physical therapist will promote weight loss, increase muscle mass and help the mobility and strength of the joint. Dogs can benefit from physical therapy like ice packs and massage. Generally their coat will protect them from it feeling overly cold. Then give them a nice, deep massage, from their neck down their back, just like you would like it yourself. It will help to relax their muscles and make them feel generally better while increasing circulation to the affected areas.Assistive Devices:
Protect your dog's joints from unnecessary trauma. Great as it feels to see our big, strong dog gleefully jumping in an out of the back of our vehicle, however, such motions put major stress on their joints and can cause muscle and ligament tears or even hairline fractures. Preferably provide a ramp or stairway for the dog or help lift them in and out gently. This is especially important as they get older, as well as when they are young and their bones and joints are still developing. Take caution to prevent your puppy from jumping too much or too high and pounding on his newly forming joints; this will prevent or delay joint problems down the road.Supplementation:
Incorporating a canine bone and joint product, can be an excellent addition to your dog's bone and joint regimen. When looking for a product, make sure that it is of good quality and has well researched ingredients. It is also always a good idea to discuss supplementation, nutrition and exercise regimens with your veterinarian.
You can read more about the benefits of preventive care for dogs on our blog. As far as preventive care options go, Boneo Canine is an all natural lactoferrin-based bone and joint supplement that can help support strong bones and healthy joints in dogs.
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