Dog Minder Alert – What causes joint pain in dogs?

11 Dec, 2019

Dog Minder Alert – What causes joint pain in dogs?

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Spotting joint pain in our own pets can be hard; as a dog minder spotting dog’s in pain because of their joints is even harder. Here are some top tips about what to look for and how with the owner’s permission and a vet’s advice you can help them to deal with that pain.

What Causes Joint Pain in Dogs?

Just because your dog isn’t yelping out in pain doesn’t mean he isn’t experiencing it. Joint problems are characteristically less subtle in nature, they can be missed by even the most experienced animal lovers. For a dog sitter new to the pet it can be more of a challenge.

As a dog minder you will know that slowing down isn’t a natural consequence of aging in dogs, so if your beloved pet seems hobbled, slower than usual or appears to be experiencing discomfort, it’s probably time you addressed the issue at hand.

Consulting with the dog’s Veterinarian is a great way to discover issues that might otherwise go unnoticed. As  the dog minder ensure you have the vet’s contact details before taking on the responsibility for the pet dog.

So, how exactly should you go about detecting joint pains in your dog?

Spotting signs of Joint Problems in Dogs – Tips for Dog Minders

It can be difficult knowing when the dog is in discomfort.. And if you are the dog minder and not the owner you may not have as much knowledge of the dog’s usual behaviour so it is worth noting the points below. If they exhibit one or more of the following symptoms, there’s a good chance they’re experiencing joint pain:

  •  Lagging behind on walks
  • They’re more irritable than usual
  • Stiffness
  • Excessive licking
  • Swollen joints
  • Oversleeping
  • Muscle loss
  • Bunny-hopping
  • Yelping

What Causes Joint Pain in Dogs?

If your dog is overweight, you can take some pressure off of their joints by reducing their food intake. Ensuring your dog maintains a healthy weight is a great way to reduce the incidence of joint pain. This can be achieved with simple dietary changes, which will also improve the overall health of your pet.

Some people ask us ‘can I give my dog aspirin‘ when they realise their dog is in pain. Be careful. The pain might be due to all manner of issues and you are best not to treat the pain yourself. As a dog minder it is especially important you don’t do anything without the pet owner’s permission.

Degenerative or developmental?

Typically, joint pains are either degenerative or developmental. Degenerative joint pain occurs when ligaments around the joints regress over time, which is usually a result of malnutrition, lack of exercise/stretching. When your dog’s health isn’t attended to as it should be, joints can breakdown and cause greater discomfort.

Developmental joint pain is a consequence of your dog’s joints not developing correctly. This will cause an inevitable failure of joint functioning. Joint pain is also common if there are fractures at the joint, or if there are tendons, ligament or muscle diseases present.

Worth considering all the ways you might relieve your dog’s joint pain

How Can You Relieve the Dog’s Joint Pain?

Though it can be disconcerting to watch your dog experiencing joint pain, fortunately, they won’t have to suffer. There are a host of options available to reduce joint pain which you can employ as a dog owner or a dog sitter.  As the dog minder make sure you ask the pet owner before they leave.

One of those options is hemp oil.  Today there are various ways your dog in pain can benefit from this kind of treatment.

Obesity can exacerbate signs of arthritis too. Simply put, an overweight dog will experience more aches and pains than a slimmer one. You can work with your vet to devise a weight loss plan, which should be implemented steadily as a lifestyle change.

If the diet you introduce doesn’t seem to be working, you can always consider switching to prescription food instead.

It’s worth considering any appropriate treatment with the dog owner’s permission if the dog is in pain

Joint pain can be controlled with anti-inflammatory medication too. Though this won’t address the root cause of the issue, it will alleviate the symptoms and allow your dog to lead a more fulfilling life. Most medications are available via prescription, offered with the supervision of your veterinarian for addressing various conditions.

Never give your dog human medication. The chances are they’ll react badly to it, with potential for further complications.

A Dog Sitter Giving Supplements to Dogs

Supplements are gaining traction as an alternative to medication. What’s great about supplements is they function to improve the health of your dog, rather than simply masking the symptoms.

Some useful supplements to take include Chondroitin, omega-3 fatty acids, Glucosamine hydrochloride and more. These have been clinically tested to reduce joint pain in dogs.

Be careful with supplements

It’s important to note that not all joint supplements are as advertised. In fact, some might even make false claims which are difficult to quantify. Always select supplements that are recommended for safety and efficacy.

For an even more natural solution, choose foods formulated with health-boosted ingredients. These make administering supplements easy since you can serve up food and you’re away.

Final note for dog minders treating dogs in pain

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Make sure you monitor the dog in your care to be able to share the signs of pain with the dog owner

It’s difficult to know where the future of dog pain relief lies, where canine rehabilitation seems destined for great things. As both a dog minder or a dog owner we need to keep alert and in the know. There are many emerging alternatives that are set to transcend the world of joint pain relief as we know it, so keep an eye out for new developments!

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