Six Senior Health Tips For Dogs
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As your dog gets older, winter months get harder for them to handle. Cold, wet weather can make every day a little more painful for them. The following tips can help make your senior dogs more comfortable this winter.
1. Keep your pet moving
One of the main reasons why humans and animals feel the effects of arthritis more in winter is due to the decrease in physical activity during these months. Just like our joints and muscles get stiff and sore when we move less, your dog’s joints and muscles get stiff and sore if they aren’t used. Even though it’s cold and wet outside, keeping your senior dog active can help the winter months be less painful.
2. Add 4CYTE Canine to their diet.
Another way to assist and protect your dog’s joints this winter is to add 4CYTE Canine to his diet. The ingredients have been developed specifically to work proactively, helping to maintain your dog’s overall cartilage and joint health. The main active ingredient, Epiitalis, is patented for its ability to stimulate cartilage cell production and for its ability to suppress the chemicals responsible for inflammation, offering your dog pain relief and healing.
3. Visit your veterinarian.
If your dog is struggling to get out of bed, it could be a sign of arthritis or an age-related disease. Often these problems are provoked by cold weather, so it’s a good idea to go to your vet for a check-up. Your vet can also help suggest ways of keeping your dog pain-free and healthy this winter.
4. Keep them warm
Cold weather makes old joints hurt. Make sure your house is warm and when you go outside, provide a proper jacket for the weather. If your dog spends a majority of its time outside, then appropriate warm outdoor housing is essential. There is a range of kennels that off er protection from rain, frost and wind.
5. Take them for a swim.
There are lots of indoor dog swim centres that are popping up with nice 35-degree water, which is perfect for old joints. This is a great way to exercise your senior dog in the winter (or at any time of the year). Talk to your vet before starting any exercise routine, especially if your dog has a medical condition. Swimming is an excellent alternative to walking and running as there is less pressure on the joints but the dog is still getting a good dose of exercise.
6. Provide a warm bed.
There are lots of beds designed to keep your senior pets warm. Some are made to reflect body heat and some are even electric. A self-warming, orthopaedic bed will keep your senior dog comfy all winter. Remember to elevate the bed off the cold floor, especially concrete and hard surfaces.