Diagnosing And Managing Your Dog’s Mobility Issues
Much like their human counterparts – thanks to advanced medical technology, improved treatments, and newly developed prescription drugs – dogs are living longer today. That's a good thing. But there is a downside that can accompany this development. In aging dogs, it is not uncommon for cognitive and medical problems to rear their ugly heads. If your elderly pup is having a little bit of trouble getting around, standing up, and appears stiff while walking, your dog’s mobility issues are already affecting its life.
What can you do? Should you move to a single-story home? Remodel your house? Move to a smaller place? Without breaking the bank, you can improve your dog's quality of life and assist them with their mobility issues. There are effective and inexpensive things you can do. Of course, there are also extravagant and expensive treatments available for those who can afford them.
Here, we will explore signs of trouble and professional treatments, as well as home tips to help deal with your dog’s mobility issues.
Signs and Symptoms of Mobility Issues
If your senior dog is having mobility problems, here are some telltale signs to watch for:
- Aren't as active as they used to be
- Favoring one limb
- Shifting weight to back or front legs
- Exhibits stiffness or pain
- Slips when they walk around or get up
- Struggling to stand or sit
- Limping or walking slower… and more
If your dog is exhibiting any of these symptoms, it's time to consider scheduling a vet visit for a diagnosis.
Around the House
In addition to therapy, injections, and other treatments by professionals (see below), there are things you can do around your home to help your aging pet. Some methods of ensuring your dog's overall health and comfort are as follows:
- Brain exercises – keep your dog’s mind busy.
- Put your dog’s water and food within easy reach (consider using an elevated dish holder).
- Keep your dog clean (dogs that have mobility issues sometimes soil themselves).
- Make sure your home, or the room your dog spends the most time in, isn't drafty, too cold, or too hot.
- Invest in bedding for your dog that is comfortable, cozy, and cushiony.
- Watch your dog's weight – too many treats or portions that are too large isn't love, it's unhealthy.
- Care for your dog's paws (trim away excess fur, cut their nails, care for their paw pads, etc.).
Additionally, you may need to take a few extra steps to help your arthritic, aging dog. Some of these methods are as follows:
- Use strollers or dog wheelchairs.
- Install ramps to help your dog get up to the front stoop, into the car, up on the couch or bed, etc. Make sure the ramp is not slippery but has ample traction.
Treatments Being Used Today
The following treatments are methods through which professionals and owners can deal with a dog’s mobility issues:
- Warm water hydrotherapy
- Physical therapy
- Canine massage
- PEMF therapy (Pulse Electromagnetic Field)
- Laser therapy (Photobiomodulation)
- Injections of vitamin B12
Supplements for Your Dog’s Mobility Issues
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