When it comes to Dog Joint Health, many pet parents do not even realize how easily their dogs can end up developing arthritis in their joints, as they get older. Just like humans, a limb that has been injured can eventually have arthritis set in, making it difficult for their pet to get around. You can go to Pet Pad to find some more information on joint health for your pet, and read on below for some of the signs and symptoms you need to be on the lookout for, as your pet gets older.
Signs of Joint Pain in Your Dog
When your dog is suffering from joint pain, you should be able to identify it pretty easily. His mobility and movement will suffer because of it, and you will be able to tell that something is wrong. Some of the signs that you will want to look for are listed below.
Unusual and awkward movements
Having a hard time standing
Limping when he walks
He refuses to climb the stairs any longer
He refuses to jump any longer and run and play like before
He doesn't seem to like to be petted any more
Has noticeable swelling in his joints
Has attitude changes that often seem like a bad temper
If you notice that your pup is showing any of these signs and symptoms, it is best to get him to a vet as soon as possible. You should tell your vet the signs and he will diagnose and give you a treatment plan for your dog. You can find out more about treatments at petpad.net as well.
What are Some Treatments?
There are a few different treatments that you vet may suggest. A few are listed below for you.
Changes in your pets diet
Changes in the way and amount of exercise your pooch gets
There are a few different medications that your vet can try to help with joint pain
In severe cases, surgery does happen, but your vet will make every other effort first, to treat your dog without performing an invasive procedure.
These are just a few of the signs to look for when looking for joint pain in your beloved canine. If you feel that your pet may have the signs of joint pain, then you need to make an appointment with your vet as soon as possible to get him checked out. You can also visit joint supplements for dogs for more information today.
If you do not train your dog well, you cannot have a satisfying and enjoyable relationship with him. Aggressiveness, chewing and barking and common issues dog owners encounter.
The chosen techniques in the following paragraphs can supplement your dog training efforts.
Your home is your domain. Your dog must see the environment they live in as your territory. Stepping around a lying dog or not moving the animal from a place you intend to use gives him the right of way. This should not be allowed. Dominance in the pack means exercising your power in a non-confrontational way but with firm resolve that this is your territory.
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So I missed yesterday's workouts. My commitment is to work out my body for at least 30 minutes most days of the week and to write, if no where else, then here, 6 days out of 7. Yesterday I didn't get either of my workouts. why? Was I out partying down or biking some epic trail? Climbing some incredible mountain? Nope. Neither. I was visiting the doctor to confirm my suspicion which was that my family and I had been invaded by mites compliments of the cute little doggy we rescued from the pound a month and a half ago. Yep, mites. itchy, itchy mites. Argh! When we adopted from the Boulder Humane Society we did so because everyone had told us that they do a great of taking care of their worms and other ailments before they put the dogs up for adoption, even spaying or neutering them and it's all included in the $200 or $300 dollars you pay for your pup. Well, out of everyone who told us that, none of them were officially employed or even volunteering for BHS. We made an assumption and what do assumptions get us?
In all actuality, they do a really great job there and as far as pounds go, they're pretty awesome. They honestly care about the animals and it's a no-kill shelter. We felt good about supporting them instead of buying a dog from a breeder, you know the win-win for everyone, and probably a year from now, or maybe even sooner, we'll feel like it was a win-win. But today? Not so much. As it turns out, while they do spay or neuter the pet and administer a wormer, they can't really guarantee the pet has a clean bill of health because for the most part, the animals are with them usually less than 3 days of observation. The BHS has an astonishing turn over rate. Most animals have a home waiting for them as soon as the stitches are tied from their spaying/neutering. Apparently, statistically, Boulder County absorbs A LOT of animals. People out here just plum love animals. So with such a turn over rate, they don't get a chance to see every hitch hike an animal might have on board. And that's what happened to us, though we were under the assumption (remember what those get) that every animal was free and clear and carried nothing that might invade your household, intestines or dermal layers. We assumed wrong, and I have great idea for an additional document to be added to the little folder they give you when you adopt your pet. This document would begin: " Warning! While we have done our best to ensure a healthy pet for your family, your pet may still have some health concerns that you should be aware of, some of which may be transmitted to you, your family or other pets."
I plan on writing this up for BHS and sending it to them, not just for them, but for anyone who adopts a pet. People should know exactly what they're in for when they adopt a pet. We were completely ignorant, and I hold BHS partially responsible for that. Over the last month and a half we have battled pernicious little round worms, (contagious to humans and other pets-I found that out 3 weeks after the dog had been licking my daugher's face-since these are fairly common this should be listed as a bullet of average issues animals may face) that took over a month to kill off. The first month we had our dog, he basically slept all day, every day. We think he was dying. About 3 weeks after we had him, i discovered two bald spots and pointed them out to the vet who took a skin scrape and determined he had a demodex mite infestation--basically the mange (ever wonder where that term "mangy mutt" came from? this would be why. As a child I remember my mother often shrieking "Don't touch that mangy mutt!" whenever a strange dog came up for a pet). We were guaranteed that these were not contagious to people and was easily treated with Ivemectin, and anti mite med. Give them the meds and come back in two weeks for another skin scrape. In two weeks, we went back for a skin scrape and yep, still mites. Medication raised. Then I found out they were no longer covering the cost and that he would need to come back every two weeks for further skin scrapes until the infestation was contained, possibly two more months at the tune of $40 to $60 a pop.
Well that was unexpected. But what was even more unexpected was when I started having an intense itching in my own ears that started keeping me awake at night. One night it got so intense I woke up at 4 am with my ear pounding from pain. Off to the doctor's I go. What was it? Inconclusive, though :"there might be a connection to the new dog in the house. Try these drops and let's see what happens." The drops were $278, and they did work for my ears. But then two days later I had a rash around my hairline, on one arm and...well, that's all you need to know. Off to the doc's. Guess what? i have mites. My doctor is fairly certain they probably came from the dog...who just came from the pound and was already being treated for his own mite outbreak.
Now here's where it gets contentious. The vet at BHS assures me that the dog didn't have a mite that could be transmitted to humans. That she saw no other mites in the scrapes she examined. My doctor says that you can get mites from your pet and prescribed a cream to cover the whole family (everyone has to be treated at the same time) and to basically go home and fumigate the whole house. The vet calls me and again reiterates that she doesn't think they came from the dog. I would prefer to just stick the vet and the doc in the room and let them battle it out with their respective books of knowledge, but I don't really give a shit. i just want the mites gone and so far, the implication, scratch, scratch, scratch, is that you can in fact get mites from the dog. If not the dog, then where? And what a coincidence that I should have mites at the same time that my dog has mites. Hmmmmm...I think I'm going with the MD on this one. As of yesterday, we have steam cleaned carpets, upholstery, cars, and currently washing the Mt. Everest of clothes and bedding. Our exterminator is coming on Monday. Can't wait for this to be over. Kind of pissed. Perhaps litigiously so, though it's a good organization and I think the vet is a good one, just closed minded. Perhaps I would be too if I worked with animals all the time. Still. I'm pissed. An that concludes today's rant! On the plus side, the dog is fabulous, sweet and super smart.